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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LIBRARIES A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC • BOCHENSKI Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2011 with funding from Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation http://www.archive.org/details/historyofformallOOboch A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC BY I. M. BOCHENSKI TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY IVO THOMAS UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRESS . 1961 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC is a revised translation by Ivo Thomas of the German edition, Formale Logik, by J. M. Bochehski, published and copyrighted by Verlag Karl Alber, Freiburg/Miinchen, in 1956 © 1961 by University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Indiana Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 58 — 14183 Printed in the U. S.A. PREFACE TO THE GERMAN EDITION This history of the problems of formal logic, which we believe to be the first comprehensive one, has grown only in small part from the author's own researches. Its writing has been made possible by a small group of logicians and historians of logic, those above all of the schools of Warsaw and Munster. It is the result of their labours that the work chiefly presents, and the author offers them his thanks, especially to the founders Jan Lukasiewicz and Heinrich Scholz. A whole series of scholars has been exceptionally obliging in giving help with the compilation. Professors E. W. Beth (Amster- dam), Ph. Boehner O.F.M. (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.), A. Church (Princeton), 0. Gigon (Bern), D. Ingalls (Harvard), J. Lukasiewicz (Dublin), B. Mates (Berkeley, California), E. Moody (Columbia University, New York), M. Morard O.P. (Fribourg), C. Regamey (Fribourg/Lausanne) and I. Thomas O.P. (Blackfriars, Oxford) have been kind enough to read various parts of the manuscript and communicate to me many valuable remarks, corrections and addi- tions. Thanks to them I have been able to remove various inexacti- tudes and significantly improve the content. Of course they bear no responsibility for the text in its final state. The author is further indebted for important references and information to Mile. M. T. d'Alverny, Reader of the Department of Manuscripts of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, Dr. J. Yajda of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, Pro- fessors L. Minio-Paluello (Oxford), S. Hulsewe (Leiden), H. Hermes and H. Scholz (Munster i. W.), R. Feys (Louvain) and A. Badawi (Fuad University, Cairo). Dr. A. Menne has been kind enough to read the proofs and make a number of suggestions. My assistant, Dr. Thomas Raber, has proved a real collaborator throughout. In particular, I could probably not have achieved the translation of the texts into German without his help. He has also been especially helpful in the compilation of the Bibliography and the preparation of the manuscript for press. A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC In the course of my researches I have enjoyed the help of several European libraries. I should like to name here those in Amsterdam (University Library), Basel (University Library), Gottingen (Nie- dersachsische Landes- und Universitatsbibliothek), Kolmar (Stadt- bibliothek), London (British Museum and India Office Library), Munich (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek), Oxford (Bodleian Library) and Paris (Bibliotheque Nationale); above all the Kern-Institut in Leiden and the institutes for mathematical logic in Louvain and Munster which showed me notable hospitality. Finally, last but not least, the Cantonal and University Library of Fribourg, where the staff has made really extraordinary efforts on my behalf. The completion of my inquiries and the composition of this book was made materially possible by a generous grant from the Swiss national fund for the advancement of scientific research. This enabled me to employ an assistant and defray the costs of several journeys, of microfilms etc. My best thanks are due to the adminis- trators of the fund, as to all who have helped me in the work. Since the manuscript was completed, Fr. Ph. Boehner O.F.M. and Dr Richard Brodfiihrer, editor of the series 'Orbis Academicus', have died. Both are to be remembered with gratitude. I. M. BOCHENSKI VI PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION A. GENERAL In this edition of the most considerable history of formal logic yet published, the opportunity has of course been taken to make some adjustments seen to be necessary in the original, with the author's full concurrence. Only in § 36, however, has the numeration of cited passages been altered owing to the introduction of new matter. Those changes are as follows: German edition English edition 36.13 36.17 36.14 36.18 36.15—17 36.21—23 Other alterations that may be noted are: the closing paragraphs of § 15 have been more accurately suited to the group of syllogisms which they concern; 16.17 appears here as a principle rejected, not accepted, by Aristotle; 27.28 has been re-interpreted and the lengthy citation dropped; a new sub-section, on the beginnings of combinatory logic, has been added to § 49. A few further items have been added to the Bibliography. On grounds of economy this last has been reproduced photographically; probably such German remarks and abbreviations as it contains will not much inconven- ience its users. A word needs to be said about § 5 A, 'Technical Expressions', which has naturally had to be largely re-written. In the orginal. the author expressed his intention of using 'Aussage' as a name for sentential expressions, and so for certain dispositions of black ink, or bundles of sound-waves. So understood, the word could be treated as generally synonymous writh the Scholastic 'proposilio' and the English 'sentence' when used in an equally technical sense, and was deemed a tolerable translation of Russell's 'proposition' the reference of which is often ambiguous. But these equations evidently cannot be maintained here; for one thing, they would warrant the change of 'proposition' to 'sentence' throughout quotations from vn A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC Russell; secondly we prefer, with A. Church (1.01), to speak of 'propositional logic' rather than 'sentential logic' ; and thirdly, one risks actual falsification of one's material by imposing on it a grid of sharp distinctions which for the most part belongs to a later period than anything here treated. As noted in the body of the work, the Stoics and Frege were alone in making the distinction between sign and significate as sharply as is now customary. So we have normally used 'proposition' where the author used 'Aussage' - always, indeed, when the Scholastic 'propositio' needs translation. In Part V usage is of course largely conditioned by the fact that so many citations now appear in their original language. B. ABELARD As to the contents, an evident lacuna is the absence of any texts from the 12th century a.d., and the author himself has suggested that 30.03 is quite insufficient reference to Peter Abelard, described in an epitaph as 'the Aristotle of our time, the equal or superior of all logicians there have been' (1.02), and in similar words by John of Salisbury (1.03). We propose only to elaborate that single reference, by way of giving a taste of this twelfth century logic, closely based on Boethius in its past, growing in an atmosphere of keen discus- sion in its present, evidently holding the seeds of later Scholastic developments as exemplified in this book. Abelard's consequences are certainly not fully emancipated from the logic of terms (cf. 30.03) yet he realizes that propositions are always involved. His explanation of 'consequential' may first be noted : 1.04 A hypothetical proposition is called a 'consequence' after its consequent, and a 'conditional' after its condition. Speaking later of a form of the laws of transposition (43.33) he says: 1.05 My opinion is that while the force of the inference lies in the terms, yet the whole proposition is to be denied. . . . Rightly the whole sequent and antecedent proposition is to be denied, since the inference lies between the entire proposi- tions, though the force of the inference depends on the terms. ... So that the hypothetical proposition is rightly said not to be composed of simple terms, but to be conjoined from several propositions, inasmuch as it propounds that what the sequent proposition manifests, follows from what the precedent (manifests). So that the denial is not to be effected according to the terms alone, but according to the entire propositions between which the relation of consequence is propounded. viii ABELARD Consequences themselves are distinguished from their metalogical formulations (cf. the commentary preceding 31.14), the latter being called 'maximae propositiones' and defined thus: 1.06 That proposition which contains the sense of many consequences and manifests the manner of proof common to their determining features (differentiae) according to the force of their relationship, is called a 'maximal proposition1. E.g. along with these consequences: 'if it is man, it is animal', 'if it is pearl, it is stone', 'if it is rose, it is flower', 'if it is redness, it is colour' etc., in which species precede genera, a maximal proposition such as the following is adduced : of whatever the species is predicated, the genus too (is predi- cated). . . . This maximal proposition contains and expresses the sense of all such consequences and manifests the way of yielding inference common to the antecedents. There is a rich store of maxims in Abelard, but it is not always easy to see whether they belong to the logic of terms or propositions. This ambiguity has been noted with reference to Kilwardby (cf. § 31 , B ) where one might be tempted to think that it was unconscious. But the terminology is not subject to direct attention in Kilwardby; in Abelard it is, and the ambiguity is noted and accepted. The following passage may need apology for its length, but not for its great interest in respect of terminology, semantic considerations (on which we cannot here delay), maxims both of validity and invalidity, and the reduction of some of them to others, 1.06 and 1.07 are enough to establish the basis and essentials of § 31 firmly in the 12th century. 1.07 'Antecedent' and 'consequent' are sometimes used to designate complete enunciations as when in the consequence : if Socrates is man, Socrates is animal, we say that the first categorical is antecedent to the second; sometimes in the designation of simple terms (dictio) or what they signify, as when we say in regard to the same consequence that the species is antecedent to the genus, i.e. 'man' to 'animal', the nature or relationship provides inferential force. . . . But whether we take 'antecedent' and 'consequent' for simple terms or complete enunciations, we can call them the parts of hypothetical enunciations, i.e. the parts of which the conse- quences are composed and of which they consist, not parts of which they treat. For we cannot accept as true this conse- quence: if he is man, he is animal, if it treats of utterances (vocibus) be they terms or propositions. For it is false that if ix A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC the utterance 'man' exists, there should also be the utterance 'animal'; and similarly in the case of enunciations or their concepts (intelledibus). For it is not necessary that he who has a concept generated by the precedent proposition should also have one generated from the consequent. For no diverse con- cepts are so akin that one must be possessed along with the other; indeed everyone's own experience will convince him that his soul does not retain diverse concepts and will find that it is totally occupied with each single concept while he has it. But if someone were to grant that the essences of concepts follow on one another like the essences of the things from which the concepts are gained, he would have to concede that every knower has an infinity of concepts since every proposition has innumerable consequences. Further, whether we treat of enunciations or of their concepts, we have to use their names in a consequence; but if 'man' or 'animal' are taken as names either of enunciations or concepts, 'if there is man there is animal' cannot at all be a consequence, being composed entirely of terms, as much as to say: 'if man animal' ; indeed as a statement it is quite imperfect. To keep, therefore, a genuine relation of consequence we must concede that it is things which are being treated of, and accept the rules of antecedent and consequent as given in the nature of things. These rules are as follows : (1) on the antecedent being posited, the consequent is posited; (2) on the consequent being destroyed, the antecedent is destroyed, thus: 'if there is man there is animal', 'if there is not animal there is not man'; (3) neither if the antecedent is posited, is the consequent destroyed, (4) nor if the antecedent is destroyed need the consequent be destroyed (5) or posited, just as (6) neither if the consequent is destroyed is the antecedent posited, (7) nor if the same (the consequent) is posited is it (the ante- cedent) either posited (8) or removed. Since the last ( (6)-(8) ) are equivalent to the former ( (3)-(5) ) as also their affirmatives are mutually equivalent, the two sets must be simultaneously true or false. The two first rules ABELARD are also in complete mutual agreement and can be derived from one another, e.g. if it is conceded : if there is man there is animal, it must also be conceded: 'if there is not animal there is not man, and conversely. When the first is true, the second will be proved true as follows, by inducing an impossibility. Let us posit this as true: if there is man there is animal, and doubt about this: if there is not animal there is not man, i.e. whether 'animal' negated negates 'man'. We shall confirm this in the following way. Either 'animal' negated negates 'man' or negated it admits 'man', so that it may* happen that when 'animal' is denied of something man may exist in that thing. Suppose it be conceded that when 'animal' is denied, man may persist; yet it was formerly conceded that 'man' necessarily requires 'animal', viz. in the consequence: if there is man there is animal. And so it is contingent that what is not animal, be animal; for what the antecedent admits, the consequent admits. . . . But this is impossible. . . . Quite definitely propositional are the rules: 1.08 Whatever follows from the consequent (follows) also from the antecedent; Whatever implies the antecedent (implies) also the conse- quent; used in the derivation of categorical syllogisms. While it is clear that the primary source of all this doctrine of consequence is the De Differentiis Topicis of Boethius, we can also see the germ of later developments in Abelard's realization that some are deducible from others (1.07, 1.09), and his examinations of some that he finds doubtful (1.10). It is noteworthy that categorical syllogisms are presented entirely by means of concrete instances and metalogical rules (regulae) — which are not reckoned as maxims since the inferential (or impli- cative) 'force' of the premisses is derived entirely from the disposi- tion of the terms, is, in Abelard's terminology, 'complexional', a term preserved in Kilwardby. Variables of the object-language are nowhere used. Indeed, except in expositions of the Boethian hypothetical syllogisms, the only place we find variables in Abelard is a passage where he introduces a simple lettered diagram to help the intuition in an original argument: 1.11 If a genus was always to be divided into proximate species or proximate differences, every division of a genus * Emending De Rijk's possint to possit xi A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC would be dichotomous - which was Boethius's view. . . . But I remember having an objection to this on the score of (the predicament of) relation. . . . This will be more easily seen if we designate the members of the predicament by letters and distinguish its arrangement by a figure like this. Relation D F G L If now C and D were mutually related on the one hand, B and C on the other, since B is prior to its species Z), while D is together with (simul) its relative C, B would precede C; so that B would precede both its species and its relative; hence also itself. There follow two more arguments to show that the system suppos- ed figured stands or falls entire with any one of its parts. There is no suggestion in Abelard that syncategorematica, important for later theory of consequences, are a primary concern of logic, the purpose of which he states as follows: 1.12 Logic is not a science of using or composing arguments, but of discerning and estimating them rightly, why some are valid, others invalid. But he is puzzled about the signification, if any, of syncategore- matica, and refers to various contemporary views: 1.13 Conjunctions and prepositions ought to have some signification of their own. . . . What concepts are designated by expressions of this kind, it is not easy to say. . . . Some think that such expressions have sense but no reference (solos intelledus generare, nullamque rem subiedam habere) as they grant also to be the case with propositions. . . . There are also some who make out that logicians have quite removed such expressions from the class of significant ones. . . . The opinion I favour is that of the grammarians who make contributions to logic, that we should admit them as significant, but should say that their significance lies in their determining certain properties of the references (res) of the words governed by the prepositions. . . . Conjunctions too, as indicating conjunction of things, determine a property in their regard, e.g. when I say: 'a man and a horse runs', by the conjunction 'and' I unite them in runing, and at the same time indicate that by the 'and'. Xll ABELARD The emergence of a logic of propositions from one of terms is exemplified in the rather sophisticated, and disputed, distinction between propositional and term connectives : 1.14 It is to be remarked that while disjunctive connectives are applied to the terms both of categorical and hypothetical propositions, they seem to have a different sense in each. . . . But some allow no difference . . . saying that there is the same proposition when it is said: 'Socrates is healthy or (we/) sick' and when it is said: 'Either Socrates is healthy or (aut) he is sick', reckoning every disjunctive as hypothetical. Again of temporal propositions, compounded by means of 'when', which Abelard treats as conjunctives, he says: 1.15 It is evident in temporals that we should not estimate the relation of consequence according to any force in the relationship of terms, . . . but only in the mutual accompani- ment (of the components). And again, with the addition of truth-conditions: 1.16 In these (temporals) in which the relation of conse- quence is to be reckoned nothing else than coincidence in time . . . provided the members are true, people concede that the consequence is true, and otherwise false. Some 'rules' follow for the construction of consequences on this basis. Among them the following deserves special notice : 1.17 Of whatever (hypotheticals) the antecedents are concomitant, the consequents too (are concomitant), thus: if when he is a man he is a doctor, when he is an animal he is an artificer. This is Leibniz's praeclarum Iheorema (cf. 43.37) in essentials, though it seems impossible to say whether Abelard envisaged it in its Leibnizian classical or its Russellian propositional form. He explains it indeed by saying that 'as "man" is necessarily antecedent to "animal", so "doctor" is to "artificer"', yet he clearly thinks of it as compounded of propositions. The fact is that the two kinds of logic were not yet perfectly clearly distinguished. A further indication that the full generality of propositional logic had not yet been achie- ved, though, as we have seen, it was already in the making, is that while Abelard gives us as a consequence: if he is man and stone, he is animal, he does not rise to: if he is man and stone, he is man. There is evidently a vast deal more to be said both about the prowess and the limitations of this logician, both on this and other subjects, but we already exceed the limits of discussion proper to this history. It is, however, certain that the serious beginnings of Scholastic logic must be looked for in the 12th century. IVO THOMAS xm ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Grateful acknowledgements are due to Bertrand Russell for permission to quote from his The Principles of Mathematics (London, 1903), and to the respective publishers for permission to use passages from: The Dialogues of Plato, translated in English by B. Jowett (Oxford University Press); The Works of Aristotle, translated into English under the editorship of J. A. Smith andW. D.Ross (Oxford University Press) ; Principia Mathematica, by A. N. Whitehead and Bertrand Russell (Cam- bridge University Press, 1925-27) ; Traciatus Logico-Philo- sophicus, by L.Wittgenstein (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1922) ; Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege, by Peter Geach and Max Black (Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1952) ; to The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, for quota- tions from The Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce, edited by Charles Hartshorne and Paul Weiss (copyright 1933 by the President and Fellows of Harvard University). CONTENTS Preface to the German edition v Translator's preface to the English edition A. General vii B. Abelard viii PART I Introduction § 1. The concept of formal logic 2 § 2. On the history of the history of logic 4 A. The beginnings 4 B. Prejudices 4 1. Thomas Reid 5 2. Kant 6 3. Prantl 6 4. After Prantl 8 C. Research in the 20th century 9 § 3. The evolution of formal logic 10 A. Concerning the geography and chrorretogy of logic ... 10 B. How logic evolved 12 C. The varieties of logic 12 D. The unity of logic 14 E. The problem of progress 15 § 4, Method and plan 18 A. History of problems, and documentation 18 B. Plan of the work 18 C. Character of the contents 19 § 5. Terminology 20 A. Technical expressions 20 B. Concerning mathematico-logical symbolism .... 22 C. Typographical conventions 23 PART II The Greek Variety of Logic § 6. Introduction to Greek logic 26 A. Logicians in chronological order 26 B. Periods '27 C. State of research 27 XV CONTENTS I. The precursors § 7. The beginnings 29 A. Texts 29 B. Significance 31 § 8. Plato 33 A. Concept of logic 33 B. Approaches to logical formulae 34 C. Diaeresis 35 II. Aristotle § 9. The work of Aristotle and the problems of its literary history . . 40 A. Works 40 B. Problems 40 1. Authenticity 40 2. Character 41 3. Chronology 41 § 10. Concept of logic. Semiotic 44 A. Name and place of logic 44 B. The subject-matter of logic 44 C. Syntax 46 D. Semantics 47 § 11. The topics 49 A. Subject and purpose 49 B. Predicables 51 C. Categories 53 D. Sophistic 54 § 12. Theory of opposition; principle of contradiction; principle of tertium exclusum 57 A. Theory of opposition 57 B. Obversion 59 C. The principle of contradiction 60 D. The principle of tertium exclusum 62 § 13. Assertoric syllogistic 63 A. Text 64 B. Interpretation 66 C. Structure of the syllogism 69 D. The figures and further syllogisms 70 § 14. Axiomatization of the syllogistic. Further laws 72 A. Axiomatic theory of the system 72 B. Systems of syllogistic 75 C. Direct proof 76 D. Indirect proof 77 E. Dictum de omni et nullo 79 F. Beginnings of a metalogical system 80 G. The inventio medii 80 § 15. Modal logic 81 A. Modalities 81 B. Structure of modal sentences 83 C. Negation and conversion 84 D. Syllogisms 85 § 16. Non-analytic laws and rules 88 A. Two kinds of inference 89 B. Laws of class- and predicate-logic 91 C. Theory of identity 92 D. Syllogisms from hypotheses 93 E. Laws of the logic of relations 95 F. Propositional rules and laws 97 Summary 98 xvi CONTENTS § 17. Theophrastus 99 A. Development and alteration of various doctrines . . . 99 B. Modal logic 101 C. Hypothetical syllogisms 103 III. The Megarian-Stoic School § 18. Historical survey 105 A. Thinkers and schools 105 B. Problems of literary history 107 C. Origin and nature . 108 § 19. Concept of logic. Semiotics. Modalities 109 A. Logic 109 B. Lecta 110 C. Syntax Ill D. Doctrine of categories 113 E. Truth 114 F. Modalities 114 § 20. Proposilional functors 115 A. Negation 116 B. Implication 116 1. Philonian implication 117 2. Diodorean implication 117 3. 'Connexive' implication 118 4. 'Inclusive' implication 119 C. Disjunction 119 1. Complete disjunction 119 2. Incomplete disjunction 120 D. Conjunction 121 E. Equivalence 121 F. Other functors 121 § 21. Arguments and schemes of inference 122 A. Conclusive, true and demonstrative arguments . . . . 122 B. Non-syllogistic arguments 124 C. Further kinds of argument 124 D. Schemes of inference 125 § 22. Axiomatization. Compound arguments 126 A. The indemonstrables 126 B. Metatheorems 127 C. Derivation of compound arguments 128 D. Further derived arguments 130 § 23. The liar 130 A. History 131 B. Formulation 131 C. Efforts at solution 132 IV. The Close of Antiquity § 24. Period of commentaries and handbooks 134 A. Characteristics and historical survey 134 B. The tree of Porphyry 135 C. Extension of logical technique 136 D. Fresh division of implication 137 E. Boethius's hypothetical syllogisms 139 F. Alterations and development of the categorical syllogistic . 140 G. The supposedly fourth figure 141 H. Pons asinorum 143 I. Anticipation of the logic of relations 144 Summary 144 xvii CONTENTS PART III The Scholastic Variety of Logic § 25. Introduction to scholastic logic 148 A. State of research 148 B. Provisional periods 148 C. The problem of sources 150 D. Logic and the schools 150 E. Method 151 F. Characteristics 152 I. Semiotic foundations § 26. Subject-matter of logic 153 A. Basic notions of semiotics 153 B. Logic as a theory of second intentions 154 C. Formal logic as a theory of syncategorematic expressions . 156 D. Content of the works 159 § 27. Supposition 162 A. Concept of supposition 163 B. Material and formal supposition 164 C. Simple supposition 168 D. Personal supposition 171 E. Interpretation in modern terms 173 § 28. Ampliation, appellation, analogy 173 A. Ampliation 173 B. Appellation 175 C. Analogy 177 § 29. Structure and sense of propositions 180 A. Division of propositions 180 B. Analysis of propositions 180 C. Analysis of modal propositions: dictum and modus . . . 182 D. Composite and divided senses 184 E. Reference of propositions 187 II. Propositional Logic § 30. Notion and division of consequences 189 A. Historical survey 189 B. Definition of consequence 190 C. Division of consequences 191 D. Meaning of implication 195 E. Disjunction 197 § 31. Propositional consequences 198 A. Hypothetical propositions 198 B. Kilwardby 198 C. Albert of Saxony 199 D. Paul of Venice 205 E. Rules of consequences ut nunc 208 III. Logic of Terms § 32. Assertoric syllogistic 210 A. Early mnemonics 210 B. Barbara-Celarent 211 C. Barbara-Celaront 215 D. The fourth figure 216 1. Among the Latins 216 2. In Albalag 217 E. Combinatorial method 219 F. Inventio medii, pons asinorum 219 xviii CONTENTS G. The problem of the null class 221 1. St. Vincent Ferrer 221 2. Paul of Venice 223 3. John of St. Thomas 223 § 33. Modal syllogistic 224 A. Albert the Great 224 B. Pseudo-Scotus 225 C. Ockham 227 D. Logic of propositions in future and past tenses .... 230 § 34. Other formulae 231 A. Syllogisms with singular terms 232 B. Analysis of 'every' and 'some' 234 C. Exponible propositions 234 D. Oblique syllogisms 236 § 35. Antinomies 237 A. Development 237 B. Formulation 239 1. The liar 239 2. Other antinomies 240 C. Solutions 241 1. The first twelve solutions 241 2. The thirteenth solution 244 3. The fourteenth solution 246 4. Preliminaries to the solution of Paul of Venice . . . 247 5. The solution of Paul of Venice 249 Summary 251 PART IV Transitional Period § 36. The 'classical' logic 254 A. Humanism 254 B. Content 256 C. Psychologism 257 D. Leibniz 258 E. Comprehension and extension 258 F. The fourth figure and subaltern moods 259 G. Syllogistic diagrams 260 H. Quantification of the predicate 262 PART V The Mathematical Variety of Logic I. General Foundations §37. Introduction to mathematical logic 266 A. Characteristics 266 B. Chronological sequence 267 C. Frege 268 D. Periods 269 E. State of research 270 F. Method 271 § 38. Methods of mathematical logic 272 A. Logical calculus 272 1. Lull 272 2. Hobbes 273 3. Leibniz 274 XIX CONTENTS 4. Lambert 276 5. Gergonne 277 6. Boole 278 7. Peirce 279 B. Theory of proof 280 1. Bolzano 280 2. Frege 282 C. Metalogic 284 §39. The concept of logic 286 A. The logistic position 287 1. Frege: semantics 287 2. Frege: logic and mathematics 289 3. Russell 290 4. Frege: number 291 B. Formalism 292 C. Intuitionism 293 II. The First Period § 40. The Boolean calculus 296 A. De Morgan 296 B. Boole 298 1. Symbolism and basic concepts 298 2. Applications 301 C. The logical sum 302 D. Inclusion 303 E. Peano 306 III. Propositional Logic § 41. Propositional logic: basic concepts and symbolism .... 307 A. Boole 307 B. McColl 309 C. Frege 310 1. Content and judgment 310 2. Implication 311 D. Peirce 313 E. Applications of his symbolism by Frege 314 F. Negation and sum in Frege 316 G. Peano's symbolism for propositional logic 317 H. Later development of symbolism for propositional logic . . 318 § 42. Function, variable, truth-value 319 A. Logical form 320 B. Concept of function: Frege 320 C. Propositional function: Russell 322 D. Many-place functions 323 E. The variable 325 1. Frege 325 2. Russell 326 F. Truth-values 327 G. Truth-matrices 330 1. Peirce 330 2. Wittgenstein 331 H. Decision procedure of Lukasiewicz 333 § 43. Propositional logic as a system 335 A. McColl 335 B. Frege's rules of inference 337 C. Propositional laws from the Begriffsschrift 338 D. Whitehead and Russell 340 1. Primitive symbols and definition 340 CONTENTS 2. Axioms (primitive propositions) 340 3. Statement of proofs 341 4. Laws 342 E. Sheffer's functor 344 F. Lukasiewicz's statement of proofs 345 IV. Logic of Terms § 44. Predicate logic 347 A. Quantifiers 348 1. Mitchell 348 2. Peirce . 348 3. Peano 349 4. Frege 350 B. Apparent variables 353 1. Peano 353 2. Whitehead and Russell 353 C. Formal implication 354 D. Laws of one-place predicates 355 E. Laws of many-place predicates 356 F. Identity 357 § 45. The logic of classes 359 A. Individual and class. Concept of element 360 B. Meaning and extension 360 C. The plural article 362 D. Definition of classes by functions 363 E. Product and inclusion of classes 364 § 46. Existence 365 A. The null class 365 B. Null class and assertoric syllogistic 366 C. Description 367 1. The definite article: Frege 367 2. Logical existence 369 3. Description in Russell 371 4. Symbolism 373 (a) Peano 373 (b) Principia 374 V. Other Doctrines § 47. Logic of relations 375 A. Laying the foundations 375 1. De Morgan 375 2. Peirce 377 3. Russell 379 4. Principia 380 B. Series 3S4 1. Frege 385 2. Principia 385 C. Isomorphy 386 § 48. Antinomies and theories of types 387 A. Historical survey 3S7 B. The antinomies 388 C. Anticipations of the theory of types 391 D. The ramified theory of types 393 E. Systematic ambiguity 396 F. The axiom of reducibility 398 G. Simple theory of types 399 1. Chwistek 399 2. Ramsey 400 XXI CONTENTS § 49. Some recent doctrines 402 A. Strict implication: Lewis 403 B. Many-valued logics: Lukasiewicz 405 C. Godel's theorem 407 D. Combinatory logic 411 Summary 412 PART VI The Indian Variety of Logic § 50. Introduction to Indian logic 416 A. Historical survey 416 B. Evolution of formal logic 417 C. State of research 419 D. Method 420 § 51. The precursors 421 A. Milinda-Panha 421 B. Kathavatthu 421 C. The ten-membered formula 423 § 52. Vaisesika- and Nyaya-sutra 425 A. Vaisesika-sutra 425 1. Doctrine of categories 425 2. Inference 426 B. Nyaya-sutra 426 1. Text 426 2. Vatsyayana's commentary 428 3. Interpretation 429 § 53. The rise of formal logic . 431 A. Main stages of development 431 B. Terminology 432 C. The three-membered syllogism 433 D. The three-membered rule: trairupya 435 E. Wheel of reasons: hetu-cakra 435 F. 'Eva' 437 G. Universal connection 437 H. Final form of the doctrine 439 § 54. Some other logical doctrines 440 A. Apoha 441 B. Definitions of vyapti 441 C. Some basic concepts 442 D. The law of double negation 444 E. Relation logic, definition of number 445 Summary 446 REFERENCES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDICES I. References 451 II. Bibliography 460 III. Indices 535 1. Index of names 535 2. Index of logical symbols 541 3. Index of mnemonics 544 4. Subject index 545 Plate I opposite p. 220 Plate II opposite p. 260 Plate III opposite p. 274 Plate IV opposite p. 316 XX11 PART I Introduction 1 Bochenski, Formal Logic §1. THE CONCEPT OF FORMAL LOGIC Preliminary definition of the subject matter of the history of logic is hard to come by. For apart from 'philosophy' there is perhaps no name of a branch of knowledge that has been given so many meanings as 'logic'. Sometimes the whole of philosophy, and even knowledge in general, has been thus named, from metaphysics on the one hand, cf. Hegel, to aesthetics ('logic of beauty') on the other, with psychology, epistemology, mathematics etc. in between. With such a wide choice it is quite impossible to include in a history of logical problems all that has been termed 'logic' in the course of western thought. To do so would practically involve writing a general history of philosophy. But it does not follow that the use of the name 'logic' must be quite arbitrary, for history provides several clues to guide a choice between its many meanings. This choice can be arrived at by the following stages. 1. First let us discard whatever most authors either expressly ascribe to some other discipline, or call 'logic' with the addition of an adjective, as for example epistemology, transcendental logic, ontology etc. 2. When we examine what remains, we find that there is one thinker who so distinctly marked out the basic problems of this residual domain that all later western inquirers trace their descent from him: Aristotle. Admittedly, in the course of centuries very many of these inquirers - among them even his principal pupil and successor Theophrastus - have altered Aristotelian positions and replaced them with others. But the essential problematic of their work was, so far as we know, in constant dependence in one way or another on that of Aristotle's Organon. Consequently we shall denote as 'logic' primarily those problems which have developed from that problematic. 3. When we come to the post-Aristotelian history of logic, we can easily see that one part of the Organon has exercised the most decisive influence, namely the Prior Analytics. At some periods other parts too, such as the Topics or the Posterior Analytics, have indeed been keenly investigated and developed. But it is generally true of all periods marked by an active interest in the Organon that the problems mainly discussed are of the kind already to hand in the Prior Analytics. So the third step brings us to the point of describing as 'logic' in the stricter sense that kind of problematic presented in the Prior Analytics. 4. The Prior Analytics treats of the so-called syllogism, this being defined as aXoyo<;in which if something is posited, something else necessarily follows. Moreover such Xoyot, are there treated as formulas which exhibit variables in place of words with constant CONCEPT OF FORMAL LOGIC meaning; an example is 'B belongs to all A'. The problem evidently, though not explicitly, presented by Aristotle in this epoch-making work, could be formulated as follows. What formulas of the prescri- bed type, when their variables are replaced by constants, yield conditional statements such that when the antecedent is accepted, the consequent must be admitted? Such formulas are called 'logical sentences'. We shall accordingly treat sentences of this kind as a principal subject of logic. 5. Some logicians have limited themselves to the discovery, examination and systematic ordering of logical theorems, e.g. many scholastic and mathematical logicians, as also Aristotle himself in the Prior Analytics. But logic so understood seems too narrowly conceived. For two kinds of problem naturally arise out of the theorems. First those about their nature - are they linguistic expressions, word-structures, psychical forms or functions, objective complexes? What does a logical law mean, what does a statement mean? These are problems which nowadays are dealt with in semio- tics. Second, problems relevant to the question how logical laws can be correctly applied to practical scientific thought. These were dealt with by Aristotle himself, principally in the Posterior Analytics, and nowadays are the concern of general methodology. So semiotic and methodological problems are closely connected with logic; in practice they are always based on semiotics and completed in methodology. What remains over and above these two disciplines we shall call formal logic. 6. A complete history of the problems of logic must then have formal logic at its centre, but treat also of the development of problems of semiotics and methodology. Before all else it must put the question : what problems were in the past posited with reference to the formulation, assessment and systematization of the laws of formal logic? Beyond that it must look for the sense in which these problems were understood by the various logicians of the past, and also attempt to answer the question of the application of these laws in scientific practice. We have now delimited our subject, and done so, as we think, in accordance with historical evidence. But such a program has proved to be beyond accomplishment. Not only is our present knowledge of seim'otic and methodological questions in the most important periods too fragmentary, but even where the material is sufficiently available, a thorough treatment would lead too far afield. Accordingly we have resolved to limit ourselves in the main to matters of purely formal logic, giving only incidental consideration to points" from the other domains. Thus the subject of this work is constituted by those problems which are relevant to the structure, interconnection and truth of sentences of formal logic (similar to the Aristotelian syllogism). Does it or does it not follow? And, why? How can one prove the A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC validity of this or that sentence of formal logic? How define one or another logical constant, e.g. 'or', 'and', 'if--then', 'every' etc. Those are the questions of which the history will here be considered. §2. ON THE HISTORY OF THE HISTORY OF LOGIC A. THE BEGINNINGS The first efforts to write a history of logic are to be found among the humanists, and perhaps Petrus Ramus may here be counted as the first historian. In his Scholarum dialeclicarum libri XX we find some thirty long colums allotted to this history. To be sure, Ramus's imagination far outruns his logic: he speaks of a logica Patrum in which Noah and Prometheus figure as the first logicians, then of a logica mathematicorum which alludes to the Pythagoreans. There follow a logica physicorum (Zeno of Elea, Hippocrates, Demo- critus etc.), the logica Socratis, Pyrrhonis el Epicrelici (sicl), the logica Anlislheniorum el Stoicorum (here the Megarians too are named, among others Diodorus Cronus) and the logica Academiorum. Only then comes the logica Peripaleticorum where Ramus mentions what he calls the Arislotelis bibliotheca i.e. the Organon (which according to him, as in our own time according to P. Zurcher. S.J., is not by Aristotle), and finally the logica Aristoteleorum inter prelum el praecipue Galeni (2.01). This book was written in the middle of the 16th century. Some fifty years later we find a less comprehensive but more scientific attempt by B. Keckermann. His work (2.02) is still valuable, parti- cularly for a large collection of accurately dated titles. It remains an important foundation for the study of lGth century logic. But its judgments are not much more reliable than those of Ramus. Kecker- mann seems to have given only a cursory reading to most of the logicians he cites, Hospinianus (2.03) for example. The book is indeed more of a bibliography than a history of logic. B. PREJUDICES For all his faults, Ramus was a logician; Keckermann too had some knowledge of the subject. The same can seldom be said of their successors until Bolzano, Peirce and Peano. Most historians of logic in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries treat of ontological, epistemolo- gical and psychological problems rather than of logical ones. Further- more, everything in this period, with few exceptions, is so condi- tioned by the then prevailing prejudices that we may count the whole period as part of the pre-history of our science. HISTORY OF THE HISTORY OF LOGIC These prejudices are essentially three: 1. First, everyone was convinced that formalism has very little to do with genuine logic. Hence investigations of formal logic either passed unnoticed or were contemptuously treated as quite subsidiary. 2. Second, and in part because of the prejudice already mentioned, the scholastic period was treated as a media tempestas, a 'dark middle age' altogether lacking in science. But as the Scholastics were in possession of a highly developed formal logic, people sought in history either for quite different 'logics' from that of Aristotle (not only those of Noe and Epictetus, as Ramus had done, but even, after his time, that of Ramus himself), or at least for a supposedly better interpretation of him, which put the whole investigation on the wrong track. 3. Finally, of equal influence was a strange belief in the linear development of every science, logic included. Hence there was a permanent inclination to rank inferior 'modern' books higher than works of genius from older classical writers. 1. Thomas Reid As an example of how history was written then, we shall cite one man who had the good will at least to read Aristotle, and who succeeded in doing so for most parts of the Organon, though he failed for just the most important treatises. Here are his own words on the subject: 2.04 In attempting to give some account of the Analytics and of the Topics of Aristotle, ingenuity requires me to con- fess, that though I have often purposed to read the whole with care, and to understand what is intelligible, yet my courage and patience always failed before I had done. Why should I throw away so much time and painful attention upon a thing of so little real use ? If I had lived in those ages when the knowledge of Aristotle's Organon entitled a man to the highest rank in philosophy, ambition might have induced me to employ upon it some years' painful study; and less, I conceive, would not be sufficient. Such reflections as these, always got the better of my resolution, when the first ardour began to cool. All I can say is, that I have read some parts of the different books with care, some slightly, and some perhaps not at all. ... Of all reading it is the most dry and the most painful, employing an infinite labour of demonstration, about things of the most abstract nature, delivered in a laconic style, and often, I think, with affected obscurity; and all to prove general propositions, which when applied to particular instances appear self-evident. A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC In the first place this is a really touching avowal that Reid lectured on the teaching of a logician whom he had not once read closely, and, what is much more important, that for this Scottish philosopher formal logic was useless, incomprehensible and tedious. But beyond that, the texts that seemed to him most unintelligible and useless are just those that every logician counts among the most exquisite and historically fruitful. Nearly all philosophers of the so-called modern period, from the humanists to the rise of mathematical logic, held similar views. In such circumstances there could be no scientific history of logic, for that presupposes some understanding of the science of logic. The attitude towards formal logic just described will be further illustrated in the chapter on 'classical' logic. Here we shall delay only on Kant, who expressed opinions directly relevant to the history of logic. 2. Kanl Kant did not fall a victim to the first and third of the prejudices just mentioned. He had the insight to state that the logic of his time — he knew no other — was no better than that of Aristotle, and went on to draw the conclusion that logic had made no progress since him. 2.05 That Logic has advanced in this sure course, even from the earliest times, is apparent from the fact that since Ari- stotle, it has been unable to advance a step, and thus to all appearance has reached its completion. For if some of the moderns have thought to enlarge its domain by introducing psychological discussions . . . metaphysical ... or anthropological discussions . . . this attempt, on the part of these authors, only shows their ignorance of the peculiar nature of logical science. We do not enlarge, but disfigure the sciences when we lose sight of their respective limits, and allow them to run into one another. Now logic is enclosed within limits which admit of perfectly clear definition; it is a science which has for its object nothing but the exposition and proof of the formal laws of all thought, whether it be a priori or empirical. . . . 3. Prantl It is a remarkable fact, unique perhaps in the writing of history, that Carl Prantl, the first to write a comprehensive history of western logic (2.06), on which task he spent a lifetime, did it pre- cisely to prove that Kant was right, i.e. that formal logic has no history at all. His great work contains a collection of texts, often arranged from 6 HISTORY OF THE HISTORY OF LOGIC a wrong standpoint, and no longer sufficient but still indispensable. He is the first to take and discuss seriously all the ancient and scho- lastic logicians to whom he had access, though mostly in a polemi- cal and mistaken spirit. Hence one can say that he founded the history of logic and bequeathed to us a work of the highest utility. Yet at the same time nearly all his comments on these logicians are so conditioned by the prejudices we have enumerated, are written too with such ignorance of the problems of logic, that he cannot be credited with any scientific value. Prantl starts from Kant's asser- tion, believing as he does that whatever came after Aristotle was only a corruption of Aristotle's thought. To be formal in logic, is in his view to be unscientific. Further, his interpretations, even of Aristotle, instead of being based on the texts, rely only on the standpoint of the decadent 'modern' logic. Accordingly, for example, Aristotelian syllogisms are misinterpreted in the sense of Ockham, every formula of propositional logic is explained in the logic of terms, investigation of objects other than syllogistic characterized as 'rank luxuriance', and so of course not one genuine problem of formal logic is mentioned. While this attitude by itself makes the work wholly unscientific and, except as a collection of texts, worthless, these characteristics are aggravated by a real hatred of all that Prantl, owing to his logical bias, considers incorrect. And this hatred is extended from the teachings to the teachers. Conspicuous among its victims are the thinkers of the Megarian, Stoic and Scholastic traditions. Ridicule, and even common abuse, is heaped on them by reason of just those passages where they develop manifestly important and fruitful doctrines of formal logic. We shall illustrate this with some passages from his Geschichte der Logik, few in number when compared with the many available. Ghrysippus, one of the greatest Stoic logicians, 'really accom- plished nothing new in logic, since he only repeats what the Peri- patetics had already made available and the peculiarities introduced by the Megarians. His importance consists in his sinking to handle the material with a deplorable degree of platitude, triviality and scho- lastic niggling', Chrysippus 'is a prototype of all pedantic narrow- mindedness' (2.07). Stoic logic is in general a 'corruption' of that previously attained (2.08), a 'boundless stupidity', since 'Even he who merely copies other people's work, thereby runs the risk of bringing to view only his own blunders' (2.09). The Stoic laws are 'proofs of poverty of intellect' (2.10). And the Stoics were not only stupid; they were also morally bad men, because they were subtle: their attitude has 'not only no logical worth, but in the realm of ethics manifests a moment deficient in morality' (2.11). — Of Scholasticism Prantl says : 'A feeling of pity steals over us when we see how even such partialities as are possible within an extremely A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC limited field of view are exploited with plodding industry even to the point of exhaustion, or when centuries are wasted in their fruitless efforts to systematize nonsense' (2.12). Consequently 'so far as concerns the progress of every science that can properly be termed philosophy, the Middle Ages must be considered as a lost millennium' (2.13). In the 13th century and later, things are no better. 'Between the countless authors who without a single exception subsist only on the goods of others, there is but one distinction to be made.. There are the imbeciles such as e.g. Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas, who hastily collect ill-assorted portions of other people's wealth in a thoughtless passion for authority; and those others, such as e.g. Duns Scotus, Occam and Marsilius, who at least understand with more discernment how to exploit the material at hand' (2.14). 'Albertus Magnus too . . . was a muddle-head' (2.15). To take Thomas Aquinas 'for a thinker in his own right' would be 'a great mistake' (2.16). His pretended philosophy is only 'his unintelligent confusion of two essentially different standpoints; since only a muddled mind can . . .' etc. (2.17). Similar judgment is passed on later scholastic logic; a chapter on the subject is headed 'Rankest Luxuriance' (2.18). Prantl regrets having to recount the views of these logicians, 'since the only alter- native interpretation of the facts, which would consist simply in saying that this whole logic is a mindless urge, would be blameworthy in a historian, and without sufficient proof would not gain credence' (2.19). To refute Prantl in detail would be a huge and hardly profitable task. It is better to disregard him entirely. He must, unhappily, be treated as non-existent by a modern historian of logic. Refutation is in any case effected by the total results of subsequent research as recapitulated in this book. 4. After Prantl Prantl exercised a decisive influence on the writing of history of logic in the 19th and to some extent also in the 20th century. Till the rise of the new investigations deriving from circles acquainted with mathematical logic, Prantl's interpretations and evaluations were uncritically accepted almost entire. For the most part, too, the later historians of logic carried still further than Prantl the mingling of non-logical with logical questions. This can be seen in the practice of giving a great deal of space in their histories to thinkers who were not logicians, and leaving logicians more and more out of account. Some examples follow. F. Ueberweg, himself no mean logician, (he could, e.g. distinguish propositional from term-logic, a rare gift in the 19th century), devoted four pages of his survey of the history of logic (2.20) to Aristotle, two to 'the Epicureans, Stoics and 8 HISTORY OF THE HISTORY OF LOGIC Sceptics', two to the whole of Scholasticism - but fifty-five to the utterly barren period stretching from Descartes to his own day. Therein Schleiermacher, for instance, gets more space than the Stoics, and Descartes as much as all Scholasticism. R. Adamson (2.21) allots no less that sixteen pages to Kant, but only five to the whole period between the death of Aristotle and Bacon, com- prising the Megarians, Stoics, Commentators and Scholastics. A few years ago Max Polenz gave barely a dozen pages to Stoic logic in his big book on this school (22.2). Along with this basic attitude went a misunderstanding of ancient logical teaching. It was consistently treated as though exhibiting nothing what corresponded with the content of 'classical' logic; all else either went quite unnoticed or was interpreted in the sense of the 'classical' syllogistic, or again, written off as mere subtlety. It is impossible to discuss the details of these misinterpretations, but at least they should be illustrated by some examples. The Aristotelian assertoric syllogistic is distortedly present in 'classical' i.e. Ockhamist style (34.01) as a rule of inference with the immortal 'Socrates' brought into the minor premiss, whereas for Aristotle the syllogism is a conditional propositional form (§13) without any singular terms. Stoic logic was throughout absurdly treated as a term logic (2.23), whereas it was quite plainly a pro- positional logic (§20). Aristotelian modal logic (§15) was so little understood that when A. Becker gave the correct interpretation of its teaching in 1934 (2.24), his view was generally thought to be revo- lutionary, though in essence this interpretation is quite elementary and was known to Albert the Great (33.03). Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas were both credited with the Theophrastan analysis of modal propositions and modal syllogisms, which they never advo- cated (2.25). No wonder then that with the rise of mathematical logic theorems belonging to the elementary wealth of past epochs were saddled with the names of De Morgan, Peirce and others; there was as yet no scientific history of formal logic. C. RESEARCH IN THE 20th CENTURY Scientific history of formal logic, free from the prejudices we have mentioned and based on a thorough study of texts, first developed in the 20th century. The most important researches in the various fields are referred to in the relevant parts of our survey. Here we shall only notice the following points. The rise of modern history of logic concerning all periods save the mathematical was made possible by the work of historians of philosophy and philologists in the 19th century. These published for the first time a series of correct texts edited with reference to their context in the history of literature. But the majority of ancient 9 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC philologists, medievalists and Sanskrit scholars had only slight understanding of and little interest in formal logic. History of logic could not be established on the sole basis of their great and laborious work. For its appearance we have to thank the fact that formal logic took on a new lease of life and was re-born as mathematical. Nearly all the more recent researches in this history were carried out by mathematical logicians or by historians trained in mathematical logic. We mention only three here: Charles Sanders Peirce, the fore- runner of modern research, versed in ancient and scholastic logic; Heinrich Scholz and Jan Lukasiewicz, with their publications of 1931 and 1935 (2.26, 2.27), both exercising a decisive influence on many parts of the history of logic, thanks to whom there have appeared serious studies of ancient, medieval and Indian logic. But still we have only made a start. Though we are already in possession of basic insights into the nature of the different historical varieties of formal logic, our knowledge is still mostly fragmentary. This is markedly the case for Scholastic and Indian logic. But as the history of logic is now being systematically attended to by a small group of researchers it can be foreseen that this state of affairs will be improved in the coming decades. §3.THE EVOLUTION OF FORMAL LOGIC As an introduction to the present state of research and to justify the arrangement of this book, a summary presentation of results is now needed. The view we present is a new one of the growth of formal logic, stated here for the first time. It is a view which markedly diverges not only from all previous conceptions of the history of logic, but also from opinions that are still widespread about the general history of thought. But it is no 'synthetic a priori judgment', rather is it a position adopted in accordance with empirical findings and based on the total results of the present book. Its significance seems not to be confined within the boundaries of the history of logic: the view might be taken as a contribution to the general history of human thought and hence to the sociology of knowledge. A. CONCERNING THE GEOGRAPHY AND CHRONOLOGY OF LOGIC Formal logic, so far as we know, originated in two and only two cultural regions: in the west and in India. Elsewhere, e.g. in China, we do occasionally find a method of discussion and a sophistic (3.01), but no formal logic in the sense of Aristotle or Dignaga was developed there. Both these logics later spread far beyond the frontiers of their native region. We are not now speaking merely of the extension of 10 EVOLUTION OF FORMAL LOGIC European logic to America, Australia and other countries settled from Europe; North America, for instance, which from the time of Peirce has been one of the most important centres of logical research, can be treated as belonging to the western cultural region. Rather it is a matter of western logic having conquered the Arabian world in the high Middle Age, and penetrated Armenian culture through missionaries.* Other examples could be adduced. The same holds for Indian logic, which penetrated to Tibet, China, Japan and elsewhere. Geographically, then, we arc concerned with two vital centres of evolution for logic, whose influence eventually spread far abroad. On the subject of the chronology of logic and its division into periods there is this to be said : this history begins in Europe in the 4th century B.C., in India about the 1st century a.d. Previously there is in Greece, India and China, perhaps also in other places, something like a pre-history of logic; but it is a complete mistake to speak of a 'logic of the Upanishads' or a 'logic of the Pythagoreans'. Thinkers of these schools did indeed establish chains of inference, but logic consists in studying inference, not in inferring. No such study can be detected with certainty before Plato and the Nyaga; at best we find some customary, fixed and canonical rules of dis- cussion, but any complete critical appreciation and analysis of these rules are missing. The history of western logic can be divided into five periods: 1. the ancient period (to the 6th century a.d.); 2. the high Middle Age (7th to 11th centuries); 3. the Scholastic period (11th to loth centuries); 4. the older period of modern 'classical' logic (16th to 19th centuries); 5. mathematical logic (from the middle of the 19th century). Two of those are not creative periods — the high Middle Age and the time of 'classical' logic, so that they can be left almost unnoticed in a history of problems. The hypothesis that there was no creative logical investigation between the ancient and Scholastic periods might very probably be destroyed by a knowledge of Arabian logic, but so far little work has been done on this, and as the results of what research has been undertaken are only to be found in Arabic, they are unfortunately not available to us. Indian logic cannot so far be divided into periods with comparable exactness. It only seems safe to say that we must accept at least two great periods, the older Nyaya and Buddhism up to the 10th century of our era, and the Navya (new) Nyaya from the 12th century onwards. * I am grateful to Prof. M. van den Oudenrijn for having drawn my attention to this fact. 11 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC B. HOW LOGIC EVOLVED Logic shows no linear continuity of evolution. Its history resembles rather a broken line. From modest beginnings it usually raises itself to a notable height very quickly — within about a century — but then the decline follows as fast. Former gains are forgotten, the problems are no longer found interesting, or the very possibility of carrying on the study is destroyed by political and cultural events. Then, after centuries, the search begins anew. Nothing of the old wealth remains but a few fragments; building on those, logic rises again. We might therefore suppose that the evolution of logic could be presented as a sine-curve; a long decline following on short periods of elevation. But such a picture would not be exact. The 'new' logic which follows on a period of barbarism is not a simple expansion of the old ; it has for the most part different presuppositions and points of view, uses a different technique and evolves aspects of the problematic that previously received little notice. It takes on a different shape from the logic of the past. That holds in the temporal dimension for western and, with some limitations, for Indian logic. Perhaps it also holds in the spatial dimension for the relation between the two considered as wholes. We can indeed aptly compare Indian logic with ancient and Scholas- tic logic in Europe, as lacking the notion of calculation; but beyond that there is hardly any resemblance. They are different varieties of logic. It is difficult to fit the Indian achievements into a scheme of evolution in the west. The essential feature of the whole history of logic seems then to be the appearance of different varieties of this science separated both in time and space. C. THE VARIETIES OF LOGIC There are in essence, so far as we can determine, four such forms: 1. The Ancient Variety of Logic. In this period logical theorems are mostly formulated in the object-language, and semantics is in being, though undeveloped. The logical formulae consist of words of ordinary language with addition of variables. But this ordinary language is as it were simplified, in that the chief words in it occur only in their immediate semantic function. The basis of this logic is the thought as expressed in natural language, and the syntactical laws of the language are presupposed. It is from this material that the ancient logicians abstract their formal laws and rules. 2. The Scholastic Variety of Logic. The Scholastics began by linking themselves to antiquity, and thus far simply took over and developed what was old. But from the end of the 12th century they started to construct something entirely new. This logic which is properly 12 EVOLUTION OF FORMAL LOGIC their own is almost all formulated metalogically. It is based on and accompanied by an accurate and well-developed semantics. For- mulae consist of words from ordinary language, with very few or no variables, but there results no narrowing of the semantic functions as in antiquity. Scholastic logic is accordingly a thorough-going attempt to grasp formal laws expressed in natural language (Latin with plentifully differentiated syntactical rules and semantic functions. As in ancient logic, so here too we have to do with abstraction from ordinary language. 3. The Mathematical Variety of Logic. Here we find a certain regress to the ancient variety. Till a fairly late date (about 1930; mathematical logic is formulated purely in the object-language, with rich use of variables; the words and signs used have narrowly limited semantic functions; semantics remains almost unnoticed and plays not nearly so marked a role as in the Middle Ages and after its resurgence since about 1930. Mathematical logic introduces two novelties; first, the use of an artifical language; second, and more important, the constructive development of logic. This last means that the system is first developed formalistically and only afterwards interpreted, at least in principle. Common to the three western varieties of logic is a far-reaching formalism and preponderantly extensional treatment of logical laws. 4. The Indian Variety of Logic. This differs from the western in both the characteristics just mentioned. Indian logic succeeds is stating certain formal laws, but formalism is little developed and is obviously considered to be subsidiary. Again the standpoint is preponderantly intensional in so far as the Indian logicians of the last period knew how to formulate a highly developed logic of terms without employing quantifiers. The fore-going arrangement is schematic and oversimplified, especially in regard to ancient and Indian logic. One could ask, for instance, whether Megarian-Stoic logic really belongs to the same variety as Aristotelian, or whether it is on the contrary mainly new, having regard to its markedly semantic attitude. Still more justified would perhaps be the division of Indian logic into different forms. One could find, for example, considerable justification for saying that Buddhist logic differs notably from the strict Nyaya tradition not only in its philosophical basis, nor only in details, but with this big difference that the Buddhists show a manifestly extensional tendency in contrast to the Nyaya com- mentators. Again, evidence is not lacking that the Navy a Nyaya does not properly exhibit a quite new type of logic, since in some doctrines, as in the matter of Vyapti, it takes over Buddhist modes of expression, in others it follows the Nyaya tradition, in others again it develops a new set of problems and takes up a fresh stand- point. 13 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC However the difference between Aristotle and the Megarian- Stoic school seems hardly significant enough to justify speaking of two different forms of logic. As to Indian logic our knowledge is so incomplete that it would be rash to draft a division and charac- terization of its different forms. A further problem that belongs here is that of the so-called 'classical' logic. One could understand it as a distinct variety, since while it consists of fragments of scholastic logic (taking over for example the mnemonic Barbara, Celarenl etc., yet these fragments are interpreted quite unscholastically, in an ancient rather than scholastic way. But the content of this logic is so poor, it is loaded with so many utter misunderstandings, and its creative power is so extremely weak, that one can hardly risk calling something so decadent a distinct variety of logic and so setting it on a level with ancient, scholastic, mathematical and Indian logic. D. THE UNITY OF LOGIC We said above that every new variety of logic contains new logical problems. It is easy to find examples of that: in Scholasticism there are the magnificent semiotic investigations about the proprie- taies terminorum, then the analysis of propositions containing time- variables, investigations about quantifiers, etc; in mathematical logic the problems of multiple quantification, description, logical paradoxes, and so on. It is evident that quite different systems of formal logic are developed as a result. To be sure, that also sometimes happens within the framework of a single form of logic, as when we single out Theophrastan modal logic as different from Aristotle's. The class of alternative systems of formal logic has increased greatly especially since Principia Mathematica. One might therefore get the impression that the history of logic evidences a relativism in logical doctrine, i.e. that we see the rise of different logics. But we have spoken not of different logics, rather of different varieties of one logic. This way of speaking has been chosen for speculative reasons, viz. that the existence of many systems of logic provides no proof that logic is relative. There is, further, an empirical basis for speaking of one logic. For history shows us not only the emergence of new problems and laws but also, and perhaps much more strikingly, the persistent recurrence of the same set of logical problems. The following examples may serve to support this thesis: 1. The problem of implication. Posed by the Megarians and Stoics (20.05 ff.), it was resumed by the Scholastics (30.09 ff.), and again by the mathematical logicians (41.11 ff.). Closely connected with it, so it seems, was what the Indians called vyapli (53.20, 54.07 f.). Perhaps more remarkable is the fact that the same results were 14 EVOLUTION OF FORMAL LOGIC reached quite independently in different periods. Thus material implication is defined in just the same way by Philo (20.07), Burleigh (30.14) and Peirce (41.12 f.), in each case by means of truth-values. Another definition is also first found among the Megarians (20.10j, again, and this time as their main concept of implication, among the Scholastics (30.11 f.), and is re-introduced by Lewis in 1918 (49.04). 2. The semantic paradoxes serve as a second example. Already posed in the time of Aristotle (23.18), discussed by the Stoics (23.20), the problem of these is found again in the Scholastics (35.05 ff.), and forms one of the main themes in mathematical logic (§ 48). Re-discovery of the same solutions is again in evidence here, e.g. Russell's vicious-circle principle was already known to Paul of Venice. 3. A third group of problems common to western logic is that of questions about modal logic. Posed by Aristotle (§ 15), these ques- tions were thoroughly gone into by the Scholastics (§ 33) and have taken on a new lease of life in the latest phase of mathematical logic (49.03). 4. We may refer again to the analysis of quantifiers : the results of Albert of Saxony and Peirce are based on the same understanding of the problem and run exactly parallel. 5. Similar correspondences can be noticed between Indian and western logic. D. H. H. Ingalls has recently discovered a long series of problems and solutions common to the two regions. Most remarkable is the fact that Indian logic, evolving in quite different conditions from western, and independently of it, eventually dis- covered precisely the scholastic syllogism, and, as did western logic, made its central problem the question of 'necessary connection'. Still further examples could be adduced in this connection; it seems as though there is in the history of logic a set of basic problems, taken up again and again in spite of all differences of standpoint, and, still more important, similarly solved again and again. Itis not too easy to express exactly, but every reader who is a logician will see unmistakeably the community of mind, by which we mean the recurrent interest in certain matters, the way and style of treating them, among all inquirers in the field of what we comprehend within the different forms of formal logic. Read in conjunction our texts 16.19, 22.16fL, 31.22, 33.20, 41.11 ff. There can be no doubt that the same attitude and spirit is expressed in them all. E. THE PROBLEM OF PROGRESS Closely connected with the question of the unity of logic is the difficult problem of its progress. One thing is certain: that this problem cannot be solved a priori by blind belief in the continuous growth to perfection of human knowledge, but only on the basis of 15 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC a thoroughly empirical inquiry into detail. We can only learn whether logic has progressed in the course of its history from that history itself. We cannot discover it by means of a philosophic dogma. But the problem is not easily solvable with our present historical knowledge. One question which it involves seems indeed to be safely answerable, but the requisites for dealing with others are still lacking. We can safely state the following: 1. The history of logic shows, as has already been remarked, no linear ascending development. Consequently in the case of an advance, it can only take place firstly, within a given period and form of logic, and secondly, so as to raise the later forms to a higher level than the earlier. 2. Some advance within single periods and forms of logic is readily perceivable. We can see it best in Indian, but also in Scho- lastic and mathematical logic. Every particular of these periods affords a safe criterion of progress; each of them has its essential problems, and by comparing their formulation and solution in different logicians of the same period we can easily see that the later writers pose the questions more sharply, apply better method to their solution, know more laws and rules. 3. If the history of logic is considered as a whole, here too a certain advance can be established with safety. This consists in the fact that new problems are forthcoming in the later forms of logic. Thus for example the highly wrought semiotic problematic of the Scholastics is quite new in comparison with that of antiquity, and therefore also more complete; the logical paradoxes (not the semantic ones) of the mathematical logicians are new; so too Albert of Saxony's problem of defining quantifiers is new. These are again only some examples from the many possible ones. On the other hand, the following question seems to be still undecidable in the present state of knowledge: taking logic as a whole, is every later form superior to all earlier ones ? Too often this question is answered affirmatively with an eye on mathematical logic, particularly because people compare it with its immediate predecessor, 'classical' logic, and are struck by the mass of laws and rules which calculation makes available in the new form. But 'classical' logic is by no means to be equated with the whole of older logic; it is rather a decadent form of our science, a 'dead period' in its evolution. Calculation, again, is certainly a useful tool for logic, but only as facilitating new insights into logical interconnection. It is undeniable that such insights, e.g. in the logic of relations, have been reached by its means, and the convenience and accuracy of this instrument are so great that no serious logician 16 EVOLUTION OF FORMAL LOGIC can now dispense with it. But we would not go so far as to say that calculation has at every point allowed mathematical logic to surpass the older forms. Think for example of two-valued prepositional logic: the essentially new features introduced by Principia Mathe- matical are quite unimportant when we compare the scholastic treatment. Once again the matter reduces to our insufficient knowledge of the earlier forms of logic. For years people spoke of a supposed great discovery by De Morgan; then Lukasiewicz showed that his famous law was part of the elementary doctrine of Scholasticism. The discovery of truth-matrices was ascribed to Peirce, or even Wittgenstein; Peirce himself found it in the Megarians. D. Ingalls found Frege's classical definition of number in the Indian Mathu- ranatha (17th century). And then we are all too well aware that we know, as has been said, only fragments of Scholastic and Indian logic, while much more awaits us in manuscripts and even in unread printed works. The Megarian-Stoic logic, too, is lost, except for a few poor fragments transmitted by its opponents. Also highly relevant to the question of the continual progress of logic throughout its history is the fact that the earlier varieties are not simply predecessors of contemporary logic, but deal in part with the same or similar problems though from a different stand- point and by different methods. Now it is hard for a logician trained in the contemporary variety of logic to think himself into another. In other words, it is hard for him to find a criterion of comparison. He is constantly tempted to consider valuable only what fits into the categories of his own logic. Impressed by our technique, which is not by itself properly logic, having only superficial knowledge of past forms, judging from a particular standpoint, we too often risk misunderstanding and under-rating other forms. Even in the present state of knowledge we can be sure that various points about the older forms still escape our comprehension. One example is the Scholastic doctrine of supposition, which is evidently richer in important insights and rules than the semiotic so far developed by mathematical logic. Another is perhaps the treatment of implication (vyapti) by the thinkers of the Navya Nyaya. Still further examples could be given. Again, when an unprejudiced logician reads some late-Scholastic texts, or it may be some Stoic fragments, he cannot resist the im- pression that their general logical level, their freedom of movement in a very abstract domain, their exactness of formulation, while they are equalled in our time, have by no means been excelled. The modern mathematical logician certainly has a strong support in his calculus, but all too frequently that same calculus leads him to dispense with thought just where it may be most required. A conspicuous example of this danger is provided by statements made for long 17 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC years by mathematical logicians concerning the problem of the null class. These considerations tell against the thesis that logic has pro- gressed as a whole, i.e. from variety to variety; it looks as though we have insufficient grounds for holding it. But of course it does not at all follow that another thesis, viz. of a purely cyclic development of formal logic with continual recurrence of the same culminating points, is sufficiently established. The historian can only say; we do not know whether there is an over-all progress in the history of logic. §4. METHOD AND PLAN A. HISTORY OF PROBLEMS, AND DOCUMENTATION Conformably to the directions of the series Orbis Academicus this work will present a documented history of problems. We are not, therefore, presenting a material history of logic dealing with everything that has any historical importance, but a delineation of the history of the problematic together with the complex of essential ideas and methods that are closely connected with it. We only take into account those periods which have made an essential contribution to the problematic, and among logicians those who seem to us to rank as specially good representatives of their period. In this connection some thinkers of outstanding importance, Aristotle above all, Frege too, will receive much fuller treatment than would be permissible in a material history. The story will be told with the help of texts, and those originally written in a foreign language have been translated into English. This procedure, unusual in a scientific work, is justified by the consi- deration that only a few readers could understand all the texts if they were adduced in their original language. For even those readers with some competence in Greek are not automatically able to under- stand with ease a text of formal logic in that tongue. But the spe- cialist logician will easiliy be able to find the original text by reference to the sources. The passages quoted will be fairly thoroughly commented where this seems useful, for without some commentary many of them would not be readily intelligible. B. PLAN OF THE WORK In itself such a history admits of being arranged according to problems. One could consider first questions of semiotics, then propositional ones, then those of predicate logic etc., so as to pursue the whole history of each class of problems. E.g. the chapter on propositional logic could begin with Aristotle, go on to the Megarian- 18 METHOD AND PLAN Stoic theory of Xoyo<;, then to the scholastic consequentiae, to the propositional interpretation of the Boolean calculus, to McColl, Peirce and Frege, to chapters 2 — 5 of the Principia, finally to Lukasiewicz. Such a method of treatment is, however, forbidden by the non- linear evolution of logic, and above all by the fact that it takes on a different form in every epoch. For every particular group of pro- blems within one variety is closely connected with other complexes of problems in the same variety. Torn from its context and ranged with the cognate problems in another variety, it would be, not just unintelligible, but quite misunderstood. The problem of impli- cation provides a good example: the Scholastics put it in the context of their theory of meaning, and their theory is not to In- understood apart from that. Every problem considered in a given variety of logic needs viewing in the context of the total problematic of that variety. It is necessary, therefore, to arrange the whole history according to the varieties of logic. Within each we have tried to show the connection of the various groups of problems. This has, however, not proved to be the best course everywhere. In the discussion of antiquity a grouping of the material according to the chronology of logicians and schools has seemed preferable, especially because one logician, Aristotle, has an incomparably great importance. C. CHARACTER OF THE CONTENTS As our knowledge of many domains is still very fragmentary, we cannot aim at completeness. One period that is probably fairly important, the Arabian, cannot be noticed at all. Citations from Scholasticism are certainly only fragments. Even our knowledge of ancient and mathematical logic is far from satisfactory. Conse- quently this work serves rather as a survey of some aspects of the history of logical problems than as a compilation of all that is essen- tial to it. What is rather aimed at is a general orientation in whatever kind of problems, methods and notions is proper to each variety of logic, and by that means some presentation of the general course of the history of logic and its laws. The emphasis will be put on this course of the problematic as a whole. Hence we have also decided to risk a short account of Indian logic, in spite of subjective and objective reasons to the contrary. For this logic seems to be of great interest precisely with reference to the laws of the whole development. At the same time it is the only form which has developed quite independently of the others. The chapter on Indian logic must, however, be managed differently from the rest, not only because our knowledge of the subject is even less sufficient than of Scholastic logic, but also because we have to rely on translations. This chapter will be treated as a kind of appendix. 19 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC §5. TERMINOLOGY In order to establish a comparison between the problems and theorems which have been formulated in different epochs and languages, we have had to use a unified terminology in our comments. For the most part we have taken this from the vocabulary of contemporary formal logic. But as this vocabulary is not at all familiar to the majority of readers, we shall here explain the most important technical expressions. A. TECHNICAL EXPRESSIONS By 'expression', 'formula', 'word', 'symbol' etc. we here intend what Morris calls the sign-vehicle, and so the material component of the sign ; i.e. a certain quantity of ink, or bundle of sound waves. A specially important class of expression is that of sentences, i.e. expressions which can be characterized as true or false. It must be stressed that a sentence, so understood, is an expression, a material sign, and not what that signs stands for. The word 'proposition' has been variously used, as synonymous with 'sentence' in the sense just explained (cf. 26.03), more normally for a sentence precisely as meaningful (Scholastics generally), sometimes with various psycho- logical and subjective connotations (cf. the 'judgment' of the 'classical' logicians), nowadays commonly as the objective content of a meaningful sentence (cf. the Stoic a^icopia). In our commentaries we keep 'sentence' for the material expression, as above and use 'proposition' in the sense appropriate to the historical context and as indicated by normal usage, which seems frequently to approximate to that of the Scholastics. We divide expressions into atomic and molecular (the thought is Aristotelian, cf. 10.14 and 10.24), the former being without parts that are themselves expressions of the given language, the latter con- taining such parts. Molecular expressions are analysed sometimes into subject and predicate in accordance with the tradition of Ari- stotle and the Scholastics, sometimes into functor and argument. The functor is the determining element, the argument the one deter- mined ; this is also true of predicate and subject respectively, but the other pair of terms is more general in applicability. 'And', 'not', names of relations, are thought of as functors. We distinguish between constant and variable expressions (again with Aristotle, cf. 13.04), called constants and variables for short. The former have a determinate sense, the latter only serve to mark void places in which constants can be substituted. Thus, for example, in 'x smokes', V is a variable and 'smokes' a constant. With Frege (42.02) we call a molecular expression which exhibits a variable a function. Thus we speak of propositional functions, that is to say of 20 TERMINOLOGY expressions which, if the variables that occur in them are properly replaced by constants, become sentences (or propositions in the Scholastic sense). lx smokes' is such a propositional function. Among propositional functions we often mention the logical sum or inclusive disjunction of two propositions or terms, the logical product or conjunction, implication and equivalence. Quantifiers (cf. 44.01), 'all', 'some', 'for every x\ 'there is a y such that', are some- times counted as functors. Variables which can only be meaningfully replaced by propositions we call propositional variables; such as can only be meaningfully replaced by terms we call term-variables. Correspondingly we speak of laws of propositional logic and term-logic. Term-logic is divided into predicate-, class- (or classial), and relation-logic. Predicate- logic treats of intensions, class-logic of extensions; relation-logic is the theory of those special formal properties which belong to rela- tions, e.g. symmetry (if Ft holds between a and 6, then it also holds between b and a), transitivity (if B holds between a and b and be- tween b and c, then it also holds between a and c) etc. The general doctrine of signs we call, with W. Morris (5.01), semioiic. This is divided into syntax (theory of the relationships between signs), semantics (theory of the relationships between signs and their significates), and pragmatics (theory of the relationships between signs and those who use them). Correspondingly we speak of syntactical, semantic and pragmatic laws and theories. In the field of semantics we distinguish between the denotation and the meaning or sense of a sign — which denotes the object of which it is a sign (its reference), and means its content. (In translating Scholastic texts we use 'signifies' for 'significaV and leave further determination to be judged, where possible, by the context.) Thus for example, the word 'horse' denotes a horse, but means what makes a horse a horse, what we might call 'horseness'. We dis- tinguish further between object-language in which the signs denote objects that are not part of the language, and the corresponding meta-language in which the signs denote those of the object-language. In accordance with this terminology the word 'cat' in the sentence 'a cat is an animal' belongs to the object-language since it denotes a non-linguistic object, but in the sentence '"cat" is a substantive' it belongs to the meta-language, since it denotes the word 'cat' and not a cat itself. When an expression is used as the name of another expression that has the same form, we follow the prescription of Frege (39.03) and write it between quotation-marks. Finally we distinguish between logical laws and rules, as did the Stoics (§ 22, A and B) and Scholastics (cf. the commentary on 31.13). Laws state what is the case, rules authorize one to proceed in such and such a way. 21 A HISTORY OF FORMAL LOGIC B. CONCERNING MATHEMATICO-LOGICAL SYMBOLISM In divergence from the widespread practice, which is that of the author himself, all use of mathematico-logical symbolism has been avoided in the commentaries on texts not of this character. In many cases this symbolism affords easy abbreviation, and laws formulated by its means are much easier for the specialist to read than verbally expressed propositional functions or propositions. But two reasons militate against its use: 1. First, objectively, it introduces an appreciable risk of misunder- standing the text. Such a risk is present in every case of translation, but it is particularly great when one uses a terminology with so narrowly defined a sense as that of mathematical logic. Take, for example, signs of implication. Those at our disposal essentially reduce to two: 'd' and 'F'. Which of them are we to use to express Diodorean implication? Certainly not the first, for that means Philonian implication; but not the second either, for that would mean that one was sure that Diodorus defined implication just like Lewis or Buridan, which is by no means certain. Another example is the Peano-Russellian paraphrase of Aristotelian syllogistic as it occurs in the Principia (5.02). It is undoubtedly a misinterpretation of Aristotle's thought, for it falsifies many laws of the syllogistic which on another interpretation (that of Lukasiewicz) can be seen to be correct (5.03). Some notions not deriving from mathematical logic could indeed be expressed in its symbolism, e.g. the Philonian implication or that of Buridan; but to single out these for such interpretation and to make use of verbal formulation in other cases would be to cause a complication that is better avoided. But of course that is not to say that no such symbolism ought to be employed for any form of logic. For particular logicians, or a particular form, the use of an artificial symbolism is not only possible, but to be desired. But then every case requires a special symbolism. What we cannot do is to create a unique symbolism suitable for all the ideas that have been developed in the different varieties of logic. 2. A subjective reason is provided by the limits of the work, which aims to make allowance for the reader who is formed in the humanities but innocent of mathematics. For such, and they are obviously the majority, mathematico-logical symbolism would not clarify his reading, but cloud it unnecessarily. In these circumstances we have been at pains to use such texts as exhibit no artificial symbolism, even in the chapter on mathe- matical logic, so far as that is possible. Symbolic texts are of course cited as well, and in such a way that one who wishes to acquire the symbolic language of mathematical logic can learn the essentials from this work. But the texts which treat of the basic problems of 22 TERMINOLOGY logic have been chosen in such a way that they are as far as possible intelligible without a knowledge of this symbolism. C. TYPOGRAPHICAL CONVENTIONS All texts are numbered decimally, the integral part giving the paragraph in which the citation occurs, the decimals referring to a consecutive numbering within the paragraph. Texts are set in larger type than the commentaries, except for formulas due to the author, which are also in larger type. Added words are enclosed in round parentheses. Expressions in square parentheses occur thus in the text itself. Formulas are an exception to this: all parentheses occurring in them, together with their contents, occur so in the original texts. Quotation marks and italics in ancient and scholastic texts are due to the author. Remarks concerning textual criticism are presented in starred footnotes. Special points concerning the chapter on Indian logic are stated in § 50, D. 23 PART II The Greek Variety of Logic §6. INTRODUCTION TO GREEK LOGIC A. LOGICIANS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER Aristotle, the first historian of philosophy, calls Zeno of Elea the 'founder of dialectic' (6.01), but the first two men, so far as we know, to reflect seriously on logical problems were Plato and Euclid of Megara, both pupils of Socrates. And as Aristotle himself ascribes to Socrates important services in the domain of logic (6.02), or rather of methodology from which logic later developed, perhaps Socrates should be considered to be the father of Greek logic. Aristotle was a pupil of Plato, and his logic undoubtedly grew out of the practice of the Platonic Academy. Aristotle's chief pupil and long-time collaborator, Theophrastus, provides the link between the logical thought of his master and that of the Stoa. For con- temporaneously and parallel with Aristotelian logic there developed that derived from Euclid, of which the first important representatives were Megarians, Diodorus Cronus, Philo of Megara and others; later came the Stoics, who were closely connected with the Megarians, having Chrysippus as their most important thinker. After the death of Chrysippus, disputes arose between the Peripa- tetic and Megarian-Stoic schools, the latter now represented by the Stoics alone, and syncretism became prominent. Even then logicians were not lacking, the more important among them being apparently the commentators on Aristotle's logical works (Alexander, Philo- ponus), many Sceptics (especially Sextus Empiricus), these in the 3rd century B.C., and finally Boethius (5th-6th century a.d.). The following table shows the chronological and doctrinal connection down to Chrysippus: Zeno of Elea, c. 464/60 b.c. Socrates ob. 399 The ancient Sophists Plato 428/7-348/47 Euclid of Megara c. 400 4- Aristotle 384-322 Theophrastus ob. 287/86 4- ■Diodorus Cronus ob. 307 rJL/lUUUl US Kj Philo o f Megara * Zeno of Citium 336/35-246/43 4- Chrysippus of Soli 281/78-208/05 Peripatetic School Stoic School Megarian School Syncretism 26 INTRODUCTION TO GREEK LOGIC B. PERIODS The problematic of formal logic by and large began with Aristotle. He was undoubtedly the most fertile logician there has ever been, in the sense that a great many logical problems were raised for the first time in his works. Close to him in the history of ancient logic is a group of thinkers who are nearly as important, the Megarian- Stoic school. Aristotle lived in the 4th century B.C.; the essential development of the Megarian-Stoic school can be thought of as ending with the death of Ghrysippus of Soli at the end of the 3rd century B.C. Hence in Greek antiquity there is a relatively short period to be considered, from the second half of the 4th to the end of the 3rd century B.C. But that does not mean that there was no logical problematic outside those 150 years. Even before Aristotle, a problematic emerged in the form of the pre-Socratic and Platonic dialectic, admittedly without ever developing into a logical theory. Again, long after the death of Chrysippus, and right on to the end of anti- quity, i.e. to the death of Boethius (6th century a.d.), many reflec- tions on logical problems are to be found in the so-called Commen- tators. This last period is not comparable in fruitfulness with that of Aristotle and the Stoics, but we are indebted to it for various insights worth remark. Accordingly, from our point of view, antiquity is divided into three main periods: 1. the preparatory period, to the time when Aristotle began to edit his Topics. 2. the Aristotelian-Megarian-Stoic period, occupying the second half of the 4th to the end of the 3rd century B.C. 3. the period of the Commentators, from about 200 b.c. to the death of Boethius at the beginning of the 6th. century a.d. The second of these periods is so outstandingly important that it is appropriate to divide it into two sections covering respectively Aristotle and the Megarian-Stoic school. We have then four tempo- rally distinct sections: 1. pre-Aristotelians, 2. Aristotle and his immediate pupils, 3. the Megarian-Stoic school, 4. Commentators. C. STATE OF RESEARCH The history of Greek logic is the relatively best-known period in the development of formal logic. By contrast with the Middle Ages and after, and to some extent with logistic too, nearly all the surviving texts of the logicians of this age are readily available in good modern editions, together with a whole series of scientific treatises on their contents. In this connection there are two classes of works: 27 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC a) On the one hand the philologists have been busy for more than a century with solving numerous and often difficult problems of literary history relevant to ancient logic. Yet great as is the debt of gratitude owed by logicians to this immense work, one cannot pass over the fact that most philologists lack training in formal logic and so too often overlook just the most interesting of the ancient texts. Mostly, too, their interest centres on ontological, metaphysical, epistemological and psychological questions, so that logic comes to be almost always neglected. To quote only one example: logic is allotted few pages in Polenz's two big volumes on the Stoa. Then again editions made without a thorough logical training are often insufficient: Kochalsky's edition of Stoic fragments may serve as an instance. b) On the other hand logicians too, especially since the pioneer work of G. Vailati (1904) and A. Rustow (1908), have considered a fair number of problems arising from these texts. Epoch-making in this field is the article Zur Geschichle der Aussagenlogik (1935) by J. Lukasiewicz. The same scholar has given us books on the principle of contradiction in Aristotle and the Aristotelian (assertoric) syllogistic. Important too are the researches of H. Scholz whose Geschichle der Logik appeared in 1931 and who has written a number of other studies. Each of these has formed a small school. J. Sala- mucha investigated the concept of deduction in Aristotle (1930). I. M. Bochenski wrote a monograph on Theophrastus (1939); his pupils J. Stakelum (1940) and R. van den Driessche (1948) published studies on the period of the Commentators, the former dealing with Galen, the latter with Boethius. Boethius has also been dealt with by K. Diirr (1952). A. Becker, a pupil of Scholz, produced an impor- tant work on Aristotle's modal syllogisms (1933). B. Mates, influen- ced by Lukasiewicz, has made a thorough study of Stoic logic (1953). The state of inquiry up to now may be characterized thus: Aristotelian studies are well opened up, though much is still missing, e.g. discussion of the Topics; good editions of the text are also available. We also have a very fair knowledge of Megarian-Stoic logic, though fresh editions of the texts are desirable. Very little work has been done on the period of the Commentators, but good editions are mostly to hand. The pre-Aristotelian period is also very insufficiently explored, notwithstanding the valuable studies by A. Krokiewicz, a philologist with logical training. Especially desirable is a thorough-going treatment of the beginnings of logic in Plato, though admittedly such a work would meet with con- siderable difficulties. More exact information about the literature will be found in the Bibliography. 28 I. THE PRECURSORS 7. THE BEGINNINGS When Aristotle brought to a close the earliest part of his logical work, i.e. the Topics and De Sophislicis Elenchis, he could proudly write : 7.01 In the case of all discoveries the results of previous labours that have been handed down from others have been advanced bit by bit by those who have taken them on, whereas the original discoveries generally make an advance that is small at first though much more useful than the develop- ment which later springs out of them. For it may be that in everything, as the saying is, 'the first start is the main part' : and for this reason also it is the most difficult; . . . Of this inquiry, on the other hand, it was not the case that part of the work had been thoroughly done before, while part had not. Nothing existed at all. A. TEXTS What Aristotle says of 'this inquiry' of his seems still to hold good ; we know of no logic, i.e. an elaborated doctrine of rules or laws, earlier than the Topics. Certain rules of inference, however, appear to have been consciously applied long before Aristotle by many Greeks, without being reflectively formulated, much less axiomatized. Aristotle himself says elsewhere that Zeno of Elea was the 'founder of dialectic' (6.01), and it is in fact hardly possible that Zeno formulated his famous paradoxes without being aware of the rules he was applying. The texts ascribed to him are only to be found in late commentators, including, however, Simplicius who was a serious investigator; criticism casts no doubt on their authenticity. We give some examples of his dialectic : 7.02 In the case that they (beings) are many, they must be as many as they are, neither more nor less. But if they are as many as they are, then they are limited (determinate). If (however) beings are many, then they are unlimited (indeter- minate) : since there are yet other beings between the beings and others again between those. And thus beings are unlimited (indeterminate). 7.03 If beings are, every one must have magnitude and volume, and one part of it must be distinct from another . . . And so, if they are many they must be at once small and great; small, 29 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC since they have no magnitude, and great since they are un- limited (indeterminate). 7.04 If there is a place, it is in something; for every being is in something; but what is in something is also in a place. Hence the place will itself be in a place, and so on without end; hence there is no place. G. Vailati stressed a text from Plato in which a similar process of inference is used : 7.05 Socrates: And the best of the joke is, that he acknow- ledges the truth of their opinion who believe his own opinion to be false; for he admits that the opinions of all men are true. Theodorus: Certainly. Socrates: And does he not allow that his own opinion is false, if he admits that the opinion of those who think him false is true ? Theodorus : Of course. Socrates: Whereas the other side do not admit that they speak falsely? Theodorus: They do not. Socrates: And he, as may be inferred from his writings, agrees that this opinion is also true. Theodorus: Clearly. Socrates: Then all mankind, beginning with Protagoras, will contend, or rather, I should say that he will allow, when he concedes that his adversary has a true opinion, Protagoras, I say, will himself allow that neither a dog nor any ordinary man is the measure of anything which he has not learned - am I not right? Theodorus: Yes. The big fragment of Gorgias (7.06) also contains something similar, but this is so evidently composed in the technical terminology of the Stoics and betrays so highly developed a technique of logical thought that we cannot ascribe it to the Sophists, nor even to Aristotle. It is, however, possible that the young Aristotle did indeed formulate the famous proof of the necessity of philosophy in the way which it ascribed to him. This proof is transmitted to us in the follow- ing three passages among others: 7.07 There are cases in which, whatever view we adopt, we can refute on that ground a proposition under consideration. So for instance, if someone was to say that it is needless to philosophize : since the enquiry whether one needs to philo- 30 PRECURSORS sophize or not involves philosophizing, as he (Aristotle) has himself said in the Protreplicus, and since the exercise of a philosophical pursuit is itself to philosophize. In showing that both positions characterize the man in every case, we shall refute the thesis propounded. In this case one can rest one's proof on both views. 7.08 Or as Aristotle says in the work entitled Protreplicus in which he encourages the young to philosophize. For he says: if one must philosophize, then one must philosophize; if one does not have to philosophize, one must still philosophize. So in any case one has to philosophize. 7.09 Of the same kind is the Aristotelian dictum in the Protreplicus: whether one has to philosophize or not, one must philosophize. But either one must philosophize or not; hence one must in any case philosophize. B. SIGNIFICANCE All the texts adduced above spring from the milieu of 'dialectic'. This word that is later given so many meanings and is so mis-used originally had the same meaning as our 'discussion'. It is a matter of disputation between two speakers or writers. That is probably the reason why most of the rules of inference used here - termed, as it seems, iogoi' - lead to negative conclusions: the purpose was to refute something, to show that the assertion propounded by the opponent is false. This suggests the conjecture that these logoi belong to the field of propositional logic, that is to say that it is here a matter of logical relations between propositions as wholes without any ana- lysis of their structure. And in fact the pre-Aristotelian logoi were often so understood. However, this interpretation seems untenable: Aristotle himself was aware of the very abstract laws of propositional logic only exceptionally and at the end of his scientific career; so much the less ought we to ascribe this - Megarian-Stoic - manner of thought to the pre-Aristotelians. We have rather to do with certain specifications of general rules of propositional logic. Thus these dialecticians were not thinking of, for example, the abstract scheme of propositional logic corresponding to modus ponendo ponens: 7.101 If p, then q; but p ; therefore q: but rather of the more special law 7.102 If A belongs to x, then B also belongs to x; but .4. belongs to x; therefore B also belongs to x. 31 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC We purposely omit quantifiers here, since while such were necessa- rily present to the thought obscurely, at this level there can be no question of a conscious acceptance of such logical apparatus. We note further, that at the level of pre-Aristotelian dialectic, it is always a matter of rules not of laws; they are principles stating how one should proceed, not laws, which describe an objective state of affairs. That does not mean of course that the dialecticians were in any way conscious of the distinction between the two; but from our point of view, what they used were rules. This said, we can interpret as follows the several logoi previously adduced. For each we give the logical sentence corresponding to the rule of inference which it employs. Zeno quoted by Simplicius (7.02, 03, 04) : 7.021 If A belongs to x then B and C also belong to x; but B and C do not belong to x; therefore neither does A belong to x. 7.022 Suppose that if A belongs to x, B also belongs to x and if B belongs to x, C also belongs to x, then if A belongs to x, C also belongs to x. Plato in the Theaeletus (7.05) : 7.051 If A belongs to x then A does not belong to x; therefore A does not belong to x. Closer examination of that last item shows that it is much more complex and belongs to the realm of metalogic. Plato's thought proceeds after this fashion: the proposition propounded by Protago- ras means: for every x, if x says 'p', then p. Let us abbreviate that by *S\ Now there is some (at least one) x who says that S is not the case. Therefore S is not the case. Therefore if S, then not S. From which it follows in accordance with 7.051, that S is not the case. While Plato certainly did not expressly draw this conclusion, he evidently intended it. Aristotle quoted by Alexander (7.07) : 7.071 Suppose that if A belongs to x, A belongs to x, and if A does not belong to x, A belongs to a?, then A belongs to x. The anonymous scholiast has a fuller formula (7.09) : 7.091 If A belongs to aj, then A belongs to x; if A does not belong to x, then A belongs to x; either A belongs to x or A does not belong to x; therefore A belongs to x, but whether it actually occurred in Aristotle may be doubted. Possibly the Protreplicus contained merely the simple formula, transmitted by Lactantius : 32 PRECURSORS 7.092 If A does not belong to x, then A belongs to x; therefore A belongs to x. A series of similar formulae underlie the processes to be found in the great Gorgias-fragment (7.06), but these appear to be so markedly interpreted in the light of Stoic logic that we have no guarantee of anything genuinely due to the sophist himself. § 8. PLATO While Plato, in respect of many rules used in his dialectic, belongs to the same period as Zeno (as too does the youthful Ari- stotle), he begins something essentially new in our field, and that from several points of view. A. CONCEPT OF LOGIC In the first place Plato rendered the immortal service of being the first to grasp and formulate a clear idea of logic. The relevant text occurs in the Timaeus and runs : 8.01 God invented and gave us sight to the end that we might behold the courses of intelligence in the heaven, and apply them to the courses of our own intelligence which are akin to them, the unperturbed to the perturbed; and that we, learning them and partaking of the natural truth of reason, might imitate the absolutely unerring courses of God and regulate our own vagaries. Such a conception of logic was, however, only possible for Plato, because he was, as it seems, the originator of another quite original idea, namely that of universally necessary laws (granting that he depended in this on the logos-doctrine of Heracleitus and other earlier thinkers). The concept of such laws is closely connected with Plato's theory of ideas, which itself developed through reflection on Geometry as it then existed. The whole post-Platonic western tradition is so penetrated with these ideas, that it is not easy for a westerner to grasp their enormous significance. Evidently no formal logic was possible without the notion of universally valid law. From this point of view the importance of Plato for the history of logic can best be seen when we consider the development of the science in India, i.e. in a culture which had to create logic without a Plato. One can see in the history of Indian logic that it took hundreds of years to accomplish what was done in Greece in a generation thanks to the elan of Plato's genius, namely to rise to the standpoint of uni- versal validity. 33 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC We cannot here expound Plato's doctrine of ideas, as it belongs to ontology and metaphysics, and is further beset with difficult pro- blems of literary history. B. APPROACHES TO LOGICAL FORMULAE Plato tried throughout his life to realize the ideal of a logic as laid down above, but without success. The tollowing extracts from his dialectic, in which he makes a laboured approach to quite simple laws, show how difficult he found it to solve logical questions that seem elementary to us. 8.02 Socrates: Then I shall proceed to add, that if the temperate soul is the good soul, the soul which is in the opposite condition, that is, the foolish and intemperate, is the bad soul. - Very true. - And will not the temperate man do what is proper, both in relation to the gods and to men; - for he would not be temperate if he did not? - Certainly he will do what is proper. 8.03 Socrates: Tell me, then, - Is not that which is pious necessarily just? Euthyphro: Yes. Socrates: And is, then, all which is just pious? or, is that which is pious all just, but that which is just, only in part and not all, pious? Euthyphro: I do not understand you, Socrates. 8.04 When you asked me, I certainly did say that the courageous are the confident; but I was never asked whether the confident are the courageous; if you had asked me, I should have answered 'Not all of them :' and what I did answer you have not proved to be false, although you proceeded to show that those who have knowledge are more courageous than they were before they had knowledge, and more coura- geous than others who have no knowledge, and were then led on to think that courage is the same as wisdom. But in this way of arguing you might come to imagine that strength is wisdom. You might begin by asking whether the strong are able, and I should say 'Yes'; and then whether those who know how to wrestle are not more able to wrestle than those who do not know how to wrestle, and more able after than before they had learned, and I should assent. And when I had admitted this, you might use my admissions in such a way as to prove that upon my view wisdom is strength; whereas in that case I should not have admitted, any more than in the 34 PRECURSORS other, that the able are strong, although I have admitted that the strong are able. For there is a difference between ability and strength; the former is given by knowledge as well as by madness or rage, but strength comes from nature and a healthy state of the body. And in like manner J say of confi- dence and courage, that they are not the same; and I argue that the courageous are confident, but not all the confident courageous. For confidence may be given to men by art, and also, like ability, by madness and rage; but courage comes to them from nature and the healthy state of the soul. In the first of these texts is involved the (false) thesis: Suppose, if A belongs to x, B also belongs to x, then: if A does not belong to x, then B does not belong to x. The second shows the difficulties found concerning the convertibility of universal affirmative sentences: viz. whether 'all B is A' follows from 'all A is B ' . The third text shows still more clearly how hard Plato felt these questions to be; it further has the great interest that, to show the invalidity of the fore- going rule of conversion, he betakes himself to complicated extra- logical discussions - about bodily strength, for instance. C. DIAERESIS Yet Plato's approximations were not without fruit. He seems to have been the first to progress from a negative dialectic to the con- cept of positive proof; for him the aim of dialectic is not to refute the opinions of opponents but positive 'definition of the essence'. In this he definitely directed attention to the logic of predicates, which is probably the cause of Aristotelian logic taking the form it did. The chief goal which Plato set himself was to discover essences, i.e. to find statements which between them define what an object is. For this he found a special method - the first logical, consciously ela- borated inferential procedure known to us - namely his famous 'hunt' for the definition by division (Sioctpeais). How thoroughly conscious he was of not only using such a method but of endeavour- ing to give it the clearest possible formulation, we see in the cele- brated text of the Sophist in which the method, before being practis- ed, is applied in an easy example: 8.05 Stranger: Meanwhile you and I will begin together and enquire into the nature of the Sophist, first of the three : I should like you to make out what he is and bring him to light in a discussion; for at present we are only agreed about the name, but of the thing to which we both apply the name possibly you have one notion and I another; whereas we ought always to come to an understanding about the thing itself in 35 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC terms of a definition, and not merely about the name minus the definition. Now the tribe of Sophists which we are investi- gation is not easily caught or defined ; and the world has long ago agreed, that if great subjects are to be adequately treated, they must be studied in the lesser and easier instances of them before we proceed to the greatest of all. And as I know that the tribe of Sophists is troublesome and hard to be caught, I should recommend that we practise beforehand the method which is to be applied to him on some simple and smaller thing, unless you can suggest a better way. Theaetetus: Indeed I cannot. Stranger: Then suppose that we work out some lesser example which will be a pattern of the greater? Theaetetus : Good. Stranger: What is there which is well known and not great, and is yet as susceptible of definition as any larger thing? Shall I say an angler? He is familiar to all of us, and not a very interesting or important person. Theaetetus : He is not. Stranger: Yet I suspect that he will furnish us with the sort of definition and line of enquiry which we want. Theaetetus: Very good. Stranger: Let us begin by asking whether he is a man having art or not having art, but some other power. Theaetetus: He is clearly a man of art. Stranger: And of arts there are two kinds? Stranger: Seeing, then, that all arts are either acquisitive or creative, in which class shall we place the art of the angler? Theaetetus : Clearly in the acquisitive class. Stranger: And the acquisitive may be subdivided into two parts: there is exchange, which is voluntary and is effected by gifts, hire, purchase; and the other part of acquisitive, which takes by force of word or deed, may be termed conquest? Theaetetus: That is implied in what has been said. Stranger: And may not conquest be again subdivided? Theaetetus : How? Stranger: Open force may be called fighting, and secret force may have the general name of hunting? Theaetetus : Yes. Stranger: And there is no reason why the art of hunting should not be further divided. 36 PRECURSORS Theaetetus : How would you make the division? Stranger: Into the hunting of living and of lifeless prey. Theaetetus :Yes, if both kinds exist. Stranger: Of course they exist; but the hunting after life- less things having no special name, except some sorts of diving, and other small matters, may be omitted; the hunting after living things may be called animal hunting. Theaetetus : Yes. Stranger: And animal hunting may be truly said to have two divisions, land-animal hunting, which has many kinds and names, and water-animal hunting, or the hunting after ani- mals who swim? Theaetetus: True. Stranger: And of swimming animals, one class lives on the wing and the other in the water? Theaetetus : Certainly. Stranger: Fowling is the general term under which the hunting of all birds is included. Theaetetus : True. Stranger: The hunting of animals who live in the water has the general name of fishing. Theaetetus : Yes. Stranger: And this sort of hunting may be further divided also into two principal kinds? Theaetetus : What are they? Stranger: There is one kind which takes them in nets, another which takes them by a blow. Theaetetus: What do you mean, and how do you distinguish them ? Stranger : As to the first kind - all that surrounds and encloses anything to prevent egress, may be rightly called an enclosure. Theaetetus: Very true. Stranger: For which reason twig baskets, casting-nets, nooses, creels, and the like may all be termed 'enclosures'? Theaetetus: True. Stranger: And therefore this first kind of capture may be called by us capture with enclosures, or something of that sort ? Theaetetus: Yes. Stranger: The other kind, which is practised by a blow with hooks and three-pronged spears, when summed up under one name, may be called striking, unless you, Theaetetus, can find some better name ? 37 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC Theaetetus : Never mind the name - what you suggest will do very well. Stranger: There is one mode of striking, which is done at night, and by the light of a fire, and is by the hunters them- selves called firing, or spearing by firelight. Theaetetus: True. Stranger: And the fishing by day is called by the general name of barbing, because the spears, too, are barbed at the point. Theaetetus: Yes, that is the term. Stranger: Of this barb-fishing, that which strikes the fish who is below from above is called spearing, because this is the way in which the three-pronged spears are mostly used. Theaetetus : Yes, it is often called so. Stranger: Then now there is only one kind remaining. Theaetetus : What is that ? Stranger: When a hook is used, and the fish is not struck in any chance part of his body, as he is with the spear, but only about the head and mouth, and is then drawn out from below upwards with reeds and rods: - What is the right name of that mode of fishing, Theaetetus? Theaetetus : I suspect that we have now discovered the object of our search. Stranger: Then now you and I have come to an under- standing not only about the name of the angler's art, but about the definition of the thing itself. One half of all art was acquisitive - half of the acquisitive art was conquest or taking by force, half of this was hunting, and half of hunting was hunting animals, half of this was hunting water animals - of this again, the under half was fishing, half of fishing was striking; a part of striking was fishing with a barb, and one half of this again, being the kind which strikes with a hook and draws the fish from below upwards, is the art which we have been seeking, and which from the nature of the opera- tion is denoted angling or drawing up. Theaetetus: The result has been quite satisfactorily brought out. The process is evidently not conclusive: as Aristotle has forcibly shown (8.06), it involves a succession of assertions, not a proof; it may be helpful as a method, but it is not formal logic. Formal logic is reserved for Aristotle. But a close examination of the contents of his logical works assures us that everything contained 38 PRECURSORS in the Organon is conditioned in one way or another by the practice of Platonism. The Topics is probably only a conscious elaboration of the numerous logoi current in the Academy; even the Analytics, invention of Aristotle's own as it was, is evidently based on 'division', which it improved and raised to the level of a genuine logical process. That is the second great service which Plato rendered to formal logic: his thought made possible the emergence of the science with Aristotle. 39 II. ARISTOTLE §9. THE WORK OF ARISTOTLE AND THE PRO- BLEMS OF ITS LITERARY HISTORY The surviving logical works of Aristotle set many difficult pro- blems of literary history which as yet are only partly solved. They are of outstanding importance for the history of the problems of logic, since within the short span of Aristotle's life formal logic seems to have made more progress than in any other epoch. It is no exagge- ration to say that Aristotle has a unique place in the history of logic in that 1. he was the first formal logician, 2. he developed formal logic in at least two (perhaps three) different forms, 3. he consciously elaborated some parts of it in a remarkably complete way. Further- more, he exercised a decisive influence on the history of logic for more than two thousand years, and even today much of the doctrine is traceable back to him. It follows that an adequate understanding of the development of his logical thought is of extreme importance for an appreciation of the history of logical problems in general, and particularly of course for western logic. A. WORKS The surviving works of the Stagirite were set in order and edited by Andronicus of Rhodes in the first century b.c. The resulting Corpus Aristotelicum contains, as to logical works, first and fore- most what was later called the Organon, comprising: 1. The Categories, 2. About Propositions (properly: About Interpretation; we shall use the title Hermeneia), 3. The Prior Analytics, two books: A and B, 4. The Posterior Analytics, two books : A and B, 5. The Topics, eight books: A,B, T, A, E, Z, H, 0, 6. The Sophistic Refutations, one book. Besides these, the whole fourth book (T) of the so-called Meta- physics is concerned with logical problems, while other works, e.g. the Rhetoric and Poetics contain occasional points of logic. B. PROBLEMS The most important problems concerning the Organon are the following : 1. Authenticity In the past the genuineness of all Aristotle's logical writings has often been doubted. Today, apart from isolated passages and perhaps individual chapters, the Categories alone is seriously con- sidered to be spurious. The doubt about the genuineness of the 40 A R I S T O T L E Hermeneia seems not convincing. The remaining works rank by and large as genuine. * 2. Character Should we view the logical works of Aristotle as methodically constructed and systematic treatises? Researches made hitherto allow us to suppose this only for some parts of the Organon. The Hermeneia and Topics enjoy the relatively greatest unity. The Prior Analytics are evidently composed of several strata, while the Posterior Analytics are mainly rather a collection of notes for lectures than a systematic work. But even in those parts of the Organon that are systematically constructed later additions are to be found here and there. 3. Chronology The Organon, arranged as we have it, is constructed on a syste- matic principle: the Categories treats of terms, the Hermeneia of propositions, the remaining works of inference: thus the Prior Analytics treats of syllogisms in general, the three other works successively of apodeictic (scientific), dialectical and sophistical syllogisms. For this systematization Andronicus found support in the very text of the Organon; e.g. at the beginning of the Prior Analytics it is said (9.02) that the syllogism consists of propositions (npOTCcaic,) , these of terms (6po«;). In the Topics (9.03) and also in the Prior Analytics (9.04) the syllogism is analysed in just that way. At the end of the Sophistic Refutations occurs the sentence already cited (7.01), which appears to indicate that this work is the latest of Aristotle's logical works. It is also not impossible that at the end of his life Aristotle himself drafted an arrangement of his logic and accordingly ordered his notes and treatises somewhat as follows. But of course this late systematization has, to our present knowledge, little to do with the actual development of this logic. We have no extrinsic criteria to help us establish the chronolo- gical sequence of the different parts of the Organon. On the other hand their content affords some assistance, as will now be briefly explained.** * The thesis of Josef Ziircher (9.01) that nearly all the formal logic in the Organon is due not to Aristotle but to his pupil Theophrastus, is not worth serious consideration. * * Chr. Brandis opened up the great matter of the literary problems of the Organon in his paper Vber die Reihenfolge des aristotelischen Organons (9.05); the well-known work of W. Jager (9.06) contributed important insights; its basic pre-suppositions were applied to the Organon by F. Solmsen (9.07). Solmsen's opinions were submitted to a thorough criticism by Sir W. D. Ross (9.08) with an adverse result in some cases. Important contributions to the chronology of the Organon are to be found in A. Becker (9.09) and J. Lukasiewicz ^9.10). 41 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC a. Chronological criteria aa) A first criterion to determine the relative date of origin is afforded by the fact that the syllogism in the sense of the Prior Analytics (we shall call it the 'analytical syllogism') is completely absent from several parts of the Organon. But it is one of the most important discoveries, and it can hardly be imagined that Aristotle would have failed to make use of it, once he had made it. We conclude that works in which there are no analytic syllogisms are earlier than those in which they occur. bb) In some parts of the Organon we find variables (viz. the letters A, B, r, etc.), in others not. But variables are another epoch- making discovery in the domain of logic, and the degree to which it impressed Aristotle can be seen in the places where he uses and abuses them to the point of tediousness. Now there are some works where variables would be very useful but where they do not occur. We suppose that these works are earlier than those where they do occur. cc) The third criterion - afforded by the technical level of the thought - cannot, unlike the first two, be formulated simply, but is apparent to every experienced logician at his first perusal of a text. From this point of view there are big differences between the various passages of the Organon: in some we find ourselves at a still very primitive level, reminiscent of pre-Socratic logic, while in others Aristotle shows himself to be the master of a strictly formal and very pure logical technique. One aspect of this progress appears in the constantly developing analysis of statements: at first this is accomplished by means of the simple subject-predicate schema (S — P), then quantifiers occur (lP belongs [does not belong] to all, to none, to some S'), finally we meet a subtle formula that reminds us of the modern formal implication : 'All that belongs to S, belongs also to P\ This criterion can be formulated as follows: the higher and more formal the technique of analysis and proof, so much the later is the work. dd) Modal logic corresponds much better with Aristotle's own philosophy (which contains the doctrine of act and potency as an essential feature) than does purely assertoric logic in which the distinction between act and potency obtains no expression. Asser- toric logic fits much better with the Platonism to which Aristotle subscribed in his youth. Accordingly we may view those writings and chapters containing modal logic as having been composed later. ee) Some of these criteria can be further sharpened. Thus we can trace some development in the theory of analytic syllogism. Again, Aristotle seems to have used letters at first as mere abbreviations for words and only later as genuine variables. Finally one can detect a not insignificant progress in the structure of modal logic. It may certainly be doubted whether any one of these criteria is 42 ARISTOTLE of value by itself for establishing the chronology. But when all, or at least several of them point in the same direction, the resulting sequence seems to enjoy as high a degree of probability as is ever possible in the historical sciences. b. Chronological list The application of these criteria enable us to draw up the following chronological list of Aristotle's logical writings: aa) The Topics (together with the Categories if this is to be accep- ted as genuine) undoubtedly comes at the start. There is to be found in it no trace of the analytic syllogism, no variables, no modal logic, and the technical level of the thought is relatively low. While the Sophistic Refutations simply forms the last book of the Topics, it appears to have been composed a little later. Book F of the Meta- physics probably belongs to the same period. The Topics and the Refutations together contain Aristotle's first logic. The remark at the end of the Sophistic Refutations about the 'whole' of logic refers to that elaboration. bb) The Hermeneia and - perhaps - book B of the Posterior Analytics form a kind of transitional stage: the syllogistic can be seen emerging. In the Hermeneia we hear nothing of syllogism and there are no variables. Both, but evidently only in an early stage of development, occur in Posterior Analytics book B. The technical level of thought is much higher than in the Topics. The Hermeneia also contains a doctrine of modality, which is, however, quite primitive compared with that in the Prior Analytics. cc) Book A of the Prior Analytics, with the exception of chapters 8-22, contains Aristotle's second logic, a fully developed assertoric syllogistic. He is by now in possession of a clear idea of analytic syllogism, uses variables with sureness, and moves freely at a rela- tively high technical level. The analysis of propositions has been deepened. Missing, as yet, are modal logic, and reflective considera- tion of the syllogistic system. Perhaps book A of the Posterior Analytics may be ascribed to the same period. Solmsen made this the first of all the analytic books, but W. D. Ross's arguments against this seem convincing. (The latter holds that book B of the Posterior Analytics is also later than the Prior.) dd) Finally we may ascribe to a still later period chapters 8-22 of book A, which contains the modal syllogistic logic, and book B of the Prior Analytics. These can be said to contain Aristotle's third logic, which differs less from the second than does the second from the first. We find here a developed modal logic, marred admittedly by many incompletenesses and evidently not finished, and also penetrating remarks, partly metalogical, about the system of 43 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC syllogistic. In them Aristotle offers us insights into formal logic of remarkable subtlety and acuteness. He states too some theorems of propositional logic with the aid of propositional variables. Of course there can be no question of absolute certainty in answer- ing the chronological questions, especially as the text is corrupt in many places or sprinkled with bits from other periods. It is only certain that the Topics and Sophistic Refutations contain a different and earlier logic than the Analytics, and that the Hermeneia exhi- bits an intermediate stage. For the rest we have well-founded hypotheses which can lay claim at least to great probability. In accordance with these hypotheses we shall speak of three logics of Aristotle. §10. CONCEPT OF LOGIC. SEMIOTIC A. NAME AND PLACE OF LOGIC Aristotle has no special technical name for logic: what we now call 'logical' he calls 'analytic' (ocvocXutlxo^: 10.01) or 'following from the premisses' (ex tgW xeiuivcov: 10.02), while the expression 'logical' (Xoyix6<;) means the same as our 'probable' (10.03) or again 'epistemological'. 10.04 Of propositions and problems there are - to com- prehend the matter in outline - three divisions : for some are ethical propositions, some are on natural philosophy, while some are logical. . . such as this are logical, e.g. 'Is the know- ledge of opposites the same or not?' The question whether logic is a part of philosophy or its instrument (opyavov) - and hence an art - is nowhere raised by Aristotle in the extant works. B. THE SUBJECT-MATTER OF LOGIC Yet Aristotle knew well enough what he demanded of logic. That appears from the model statements of the subject-matter of his logical treatises. For instance he says in the Topics: 10.05 First then we must say what reasoning is, and what its varieties are, in order to grasp dialectical reasoning: for this is the object of our search in the treatise before us. Now reasoning is an argument in which, certain things being laid down, something other than these necessarily comes about through them. It is a 'demonstration' when the premisses from which the reasoning starts are true and primary . . . 44 ARISTOTLE reasoning, on the other hand, is 'dialectical', if it reasons from opinions that are generally accepted. . . . Again, reason- ing is 'contentious' if it starts from opinions that seem to be generally accepted, but are not really such, or again if it merely seems to reason from opinions that are or seem to be generally accepted. Compare the following text from the Prior Analytics: 10.06 After these distinctions we now state by what means, when, and how every syllogism is produced; subsequently we must speak of demonstration. Syllogism should be discuss- ed before demonstration, because syllogism is the more general: demonstration is a sort of syllogism, but not every syllogism is a demonstration. The thought is perfectly clear: Aristotle is looking for relations of dependence which authorize necessary inference, and in that connection makes a sharp distinction between the validity of this relation and the kind of premisses, or their truth. The text contains what is historically the first formulation of the concept of a formal logic, universally valid and independent of subject-matter. Accordingly it is syllogism which is the subject of logic. This is a form of speech (Xoyo^) consisting of premisses (nporuikaeu;) themselves composed of terms (5poi). 'Premiss' and 'term' are thus defined by Aristotle: 10.07 A premiss is a form of speech which affirms or denies something of something. ... A term I call that into which the premiss is resolved, that is to say what is predicated and that of which it is predicated by means of the addition of being or not being. What emerges from that text is the complete neutrality of the technical expressions 'term', 'premiss', 'syllogism', relative to any philosophical interpretation. For the premiss consists of terms, the syllogism of premisses, and premisses are logoi, which can equally well mean utterances or thoughts or objective contents, so that the way is open to a formalist, psychological or objectivist interpreta- tion. All these interpretations are permissible in regard to Aristo- telian logic; the purely logical system excludes none of them. Guided by his original intuition the founder of formal logic so chose his terminology as to rise above the clash of interpretations to the level of pure logic. However if one considers Aristotelian logic in its entirety, it is easy to see that this neutrality is not the result of a lack of interest in problems of interpretation, but is on the contrary an abstraction 45 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC from a complex semiotic doctrine. In some places Aristotle seems to plead for a psychological type of theory, as when, for example, he says: 10.08 All syllogism and therefore a fortiori demonstration, is addressed not to outward speech but to that within the soul. At the same time it must be said that he attaches great importance to the 'outward speech', since he elaborates a well-developed theory of logical syntax and many points of semantic interest. All this teaching, which is next to be considered, warrants the con- clusion that the practice of Aristotelian logic was undoubtedly to regard meaningful words as its subject-matter. C. SYNTAX Aristotle is the founder of logical syntax, following here some hints of the Sophists and Plato. He sketched the first attempt known to us at a system of syntactical categories. For we find in the Her- meneia an explicit division of the parts of speech into atomic (nouns and verbs) and molecular (sentences). 10.09 By a noun we mean a sound significant by con- vention, which has no reference to time, and of which no part is significant apart from the rest. 10.10 A verb is that which, in addition to its proper meaning, carries with it the notion of time. No part of it has any independent meaning, and it is a sign of something said of something else. This theory is further supplemented by discussions of cases and inflexions of words, and by considerations about negated nouns and verbs. 10.11 A sentence is a significant portion of speech, some parts of which have an independent meaning, that is to say, as an utterance (^olgiq) , though not as the expression of any positive judgement (xaTowpaais). 10.12 The first unified declarative sentence is the affirma- tion; the next, the denial. All other sentences are unified by combination. Anticipating the further explanations, we may summarize the whole scheme of syntactical categories as presented in the Herme- neia, after this fashion : 46 A FU S T O T L E conven- tionally significant sound (10.13) atomic (10.14) mole- cular Xoyoc, (10.24) noun (6vo[i.a) in broad sense other (poLGZic, statement qltzo^olvgic, (10.25) noun in strict sense (10.10) simple composite (10.17) individual miversal 10.18] negated noun (10.19) cases of noun (10.20) verb p7)[i.a (10.21) negated verb (10.22) inflexions of verbs (10.23) affirmative xaxacpac!.? negative OLTCOyOLGIC, atomic (10.26) with singu- lar subject with universal subject taken not taken universally universallv (10.27) molecular (10.26) other Xoyoi, (also called cpfxaeic,) (10.26) This schema underlies the whole development of logical syntax, and semantics too, until the rise of mathematical logic. Only this last will introduce anything essentially new: the attempt to treat syntactical categories by means of an artificial language. Aristotle on the other hand, and with him the Stoic and scholastic traditions, sought to grasp the syntactical structure of ordinary language. D. SEMANTICS The texts previously cited already contain points belonging to the domain of semantics. The general principle is thus formulated by Aristotle: 47 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 10.28 Spoken words are the symbols of mental experience and written words are the symbols of spoken words. It follows that thoughts are themselves symbols of things. Aristotle lays great stress on the parallelism between things, thoughts and symbols, and correspondingly develops two important semiotic theories: 10.29 Things are said to be named 'equivocally' when, though they have a common name, the definitions correspond- ing with the name differs for each. Thus a real man and a figure in a picture can both lay claim to the name 'animal'. . . . Things are said to be named 'univocally' which have both the name and the definition answering to the name in com- mon. A man and an ox are both 'animal' .... Things are said to be named 'derivatively', which derive their name from some other name, but differ from it in termination. Thus the grammarian derives his name from the word 'grammar' and the courageous man from the word 'courage'. Equivocity must be excluded from demonstrations, since it leads to fallacies (10.30). Elsewhere Aristotle distinguishes various kinds of equivocity. 10.31 The good, therefore, is not some common element answering to one Idea. But what then do we mean by the good ? It is surely not like the things that only chance to have the same name. Are goods one, then, by being derived from one good or by all contributing to one good, or are they rather one by analogy? Certainly as sight is in the body, so is reason in the soul, and so on in other cases. This division can be presented schematically as follows: equivocal expressions in strict sense dcTco tux"/)*; (accidentally equivocal in broad sense (systematically equivocal) from one (deep* hoc,) to one (npbq lv) by proportion (xoct' avaXoytav) 48 ARISTOTLE In the Metaphysics and Hermeneia we find a clear sern ioric theory of truth : 10.32 For falsity and truth are not in things - it is not as if the good were true and the bad were in itself false - but in thought. 10.33 As there are in the mind thoughts which do not involve truth or falsity, and also those which must be either true or false, so it is in speech. For truth and falsity imply com- bination and separation. Nouns and verbs, provided nothing is added, are like thoughts without combination or separation. 10.34 Yet not every sentence states something, but only those in which there is truth or falsity, and not all are of that kind. Thus a prayer is a sentence, but is neither true nor false . . . the present theory is concerned with such sen- tences as are statements (#7co<pocvTix&s X6yo<;). Aristotle also constructs a definition of truth by means of equi- valences: 10.35 If it is true to say that a thing is white, it must necessarily be white; if the reverse proposition is true, it will of necessity not be white. Again, if it is white, the proposi- tion stating that it is white was true; if it is not white, the proposition to the opposite effect was true. And if it is not white , the man who states that it is is making a false statement ; and if the man who states that it is white is making a false statement, it follows that it is not white. 11. THE TOPICS A. SUBJECT AND PURPOSE The Topics contains Aristotle's first logic, and so the first attempt at a systematic presentation of our science. We cannot here do more than glance over the mass of rules contained in this work, giving only its purpose, a discussion of the analysis of statements as made by Aristotle in this early work, and a brief review of his teaching about fallacies. The most important of the formal rules and laws of inference occurring here, continued, as it seems, to be recognized as valid in the later works, and they will therefore be considered in the section on the non-analytical formulae (§ 16). 49 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 11.01 Next in order after the foregoing, we must say for how many and for what purposes the treatise is useful. They are three - intellectual training, casual encounters, and the philosophical sciences. That it is useful as a training is obvious on the face of it. The possession of a plan of inquiry will enable us more easily to argue about the subject proposed. For purposes of casual encounters, it is useful because when we have counted up the opinions held by most people, we shall meet them on the ground not of other people's convictions but of their own, while we shift the ground of any argument that they appear to us to state unsoundly. For the study of the philosophical sciences it is useful, because the ability to raise searching difficulties on both sides of a subject will make us detect more easily the truth and arror about the several points that arise. It has a further use in relation to the ultimate bases of the principles used in the several sciences. For it is impossible to discuss them at all from the principles proper to the particular science in hand, seeing that the prin- ciples are the prius of everything else : it is through the opinions generally held on the particular points that these have to be discussed, and this task belongs properly, or most appropriately, to dialectic: for dialectic is a process of criti- cism wherein lies the path to the principles of all inquiries. The logic thus delineated treats of propositions and problems, described as follows: 11.02 The materials with which arguments start are equal in number, and are identical, with the subjects on which reasonings take place. For arguments start with 'propositions', while the subjects on which reasonings take place are 'pro- blems'. 11.03 The difference between a problem and a proposition is a difference in the turn of the phrase. For if it be put in this way, ' "An animal that walks on two feet" is the definition of man, is it not ?' or ' "Animal" is the genus of man, is it not ?' the result is a proposition: but if thus, 'Is "an animal that walks on two feet" a definition of man or no?' the result is a problem. Similarly too in other cases. Naturally, then, pro- blems and propositions are equal in number: for out of every proposition you will make a problem if you change the turn of the phrase. 50 ARISTOTLE Of epoch-making importance is the classification of methods of proof given in the same connection : 11.04 Having drawn these definitions, we must distinguish how many species there are of dialectical arguments. There is on the one hand Induction, on the other Syllogism. Now what a syllogism is has been said before: induction is a passage from individuals to universals, e.g. the argument that supposing the skilled pilot is the most effective, and likewise the skilled charioteer, then in general the skilled man is the best at his particular task. Induction is the more convinf ring and clear: it is more readily learnt by the use of the senses, and is applicable generally to the mass of men, though syllogism is more forcible and effective against contradictious people. The subject of the Topics are essentially the so-called loci (totcoi). Aristotle never defined them, and so far no-one has succeeded in saying briefly and clearly what they are. In any case it is a matter of certain very general prescriptions for shaping arguments. An example: 11.05 Now one commonplace rule (totzoc,) is to look and see if a man has ascribed as an accident what belongs in some other way. This mistake is most commonly made in regard to the genera of things, e.g. if one were to say that white happens to be a colour - for being a colour does not happen by accident to white, but colour is its genus. B. PREDICABLES As an introduction to these loci Aristotle in the first book of the Topics developed two different doctrines of the structure of state- ments, both of which obtained considerable historical importance and still remain of interest: namely the doctrines of the so-called predicables and of the categories. 11.06 Every proposition and every problem indicates either a genus or a peculiarity or an accident - for the dif- ferentia too, applying as it does to a class (or genus), should be ranked together with the genus. Since, however, of what is peculiar to anything part signifies its essence, while part does not, let us divide the 'peculiar' into both the aforesaid 51 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC parts, and call that part which indicates the essence a 'defi- nition', while of the remainder let us adopt the terminology which is generally current about these things, and speak of it as a 'property'. 11.07 We must now say what are 'definition', 'property', 'genus', and 'accident'. A 'definition' is a phrase signifying a thing's essence. It is rendered in the form either of a phrase in lieu of a term, or of a phrase in lieu of another phrase; for it is sometimes possible to define the meaning of a phrase as well. 11.08 A 'property' (iSiov) is a predicate which does not indicate the essence of a thing, but yet belongs to that thing alone, and is predicated convertibly of it. Thus it is a property of man to be capable of learning grammar: for if A be a man, then he is capable of learning grammar, and if he be capable of learning grammar, he is a man. 11.09 A 'genus' is what is predicated in the category of essence of a number of things exhibiting differences in kind. 11.10 An 'accident' is (1) something which though it is none of the foregoing - i.e. neither a definition nor a property nor a genus - yet belongs to the thing: (2) something which may possibly either belong or not belong to any one and the self-same thing, as (e.g.) the 'sitting posture' may belong or not belong to some self-same thing. The logical significance of this division of the 'predicates' consists in the fact that it is an attempt to analyse propositions, with reference moreover to the relation between subject and predicate. This analysis is effected in terms of the matter rather than the form, yet contains echoes of purely structural considerations, as for instance in the distinction between genus and specific difference or property, where the genus is evidently symbolized by a name, properties by a functor. As a kind of pendent to the doctrine of the predicables, Aristotle presents a theory of identity: 11.11 Sameness would be generally regarded as falling, roughly speaking, into three divisions. We generally apply the term numerically or specifically or generically - numerically in cases where there is more than one name but only one thing, e.g. 'doublet' and 'cloak'; specifically, where there is more than one thing, but they present no differences in respect of their species, as one man and another, or one horse and 52 ARISTOTLE another: for things like this that fall under the same species are said to be 'specifically the same'. Similarly, too, those things are called generically the same which fall under the same genus, such as a horse and a man. C. CATEGORIES Another analysis of propositions is contained in the theory of the categories. This seems to be a systematic development of hints in Plato. Only in one place (apart from the Categories: 11.12) do we find an enumeration of ten categories (the only one usually ascribed to Aristotle): 11.13 Next, then, we must distinguish the classes of predicates in which the four orders in question (11.06 — 11.10) are found. These are ten in number: Essence, Quantity, Quali- ty, Relation, Place, Time, Position, State, Activity, Passivity. For the accident and genus and property and definition of anything will always be in one of these categories : for all the propositions found through these signify either something's essence or its quality or quantity or some one of the other types of predicate. It is clear, too, on the face of it that the man who signifies something's essence signifies sometimes a substance, sometimes a quality, sometimes some one of the other types of predicate. For when a man is set before him and he says that what is set there is 'a man' or 'an animal', he states its essence and signifies a substance; but when a white colour is set before him and he says that what is set there is 'white' or is 'a colour', he states its essence and signi- fies a quality. Likewise, also, if a magnitude of a cubit be set before him and he says that what is set there is a magnitude of a cubit, he will be describing its essence and signifying a quantity. Likewise also in the other cases. This text contains an ambiguity: 'essence' (xi kaxi) means first a particular category - that of substance (oucria) as we see from a parallel text of the Categories (11.14) - secondly that essence or intrinsic nature which is found in every category, not only in that of substance. The thought becomes clear if 'substance' is put in the list of the ten categories in place of 'essence'. Here the doctrine of the categories is treated as a division of sentences and problems for practical purposes. But beyond this Aristotle regarded it as involving two more important problems. In the Prior Analytics we read : 53 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 11.15 The expressions 'this belongs to that' and 'this holds true of that' must be understood in as many ways as there are different categories. That means that the so-called copula of the sentence has as many meanings as there are categories. That is the first reason why the theory of the categories is logically so important. The second is that while this theory constitutes an attempt at classifying objects according to the ways in which they are predicable, it put in Aristo- tle's path the problem of the univeral class. He solved it with brilliant intuition, though, as we now know, with the help of a faulty proof. The relevant passage occurs in the third book of the Metaphysics: 11.16 It is not possible that either unity or being should be a single genus of things; for the differentiae of any genus must each of them both have being and be one, but it is not possible for the genus taken apart from its species (any more than for the species of the genus) to be predicated of its proper differentiae; so that if unity or being is a genus, no differentia will either have being or be one. The line of thought which Aristotle expresses in this very com- pressed formula is as follows: 1. For all A: if A is a genus, then there is (at least) one B, which is the specific difference of A; 2. for all A and B: if B is the specific difference of A, then not: B is A. Suppose now 3. there is an all-inclusive genus V: of this it would be true that 4. for every B: B is V. As V is a genus, it must have a difference (by 1.); call it D. Of this D it would be true on the one hand that D is V (by 4.), and on the other that D is not V (by 2.). Thus a contradiction results, and at least one of the premisses must be false (cf. 16.33). As Aristotle holds 1. and 2. to be true, he must therefore reject the supposition that there is an all-inclusive genus (3.): there is no summum genus. We have here the basis of the scholastic doctrine of analogy (28.19) and the first germ of a theory of types (cf. § 47). The proof is faulty : for 'D is V is not false but meaningless (48.24). But beyond all doubt the thought confronting us deserves to be styled a brilliant intuition. D. SOPHISTIC The last book of the Topics, known as the Sophistic Befutations, contains an extensive doctrine of fallacious inferences. Like most other parts of the Topics this one too belongs to the first form of Aristotelian logic, not yet formal, but guided by the practical 54 ARISTOTLE interests of every-day discussion. There is a second doctrine of fallacious inference, in the Prior Analytics (11.17j, much briefer than the first but incomparably more formal; all fallacious inferences are there reduced to breaches of syllogistic laws. However neither Aristotle himself, nor anyone after him, really succeeded in replacing the doctrine of the Sophistic Refutations, primitive though it is from the formal point of view. Knowledge of it is also indispensable for the understanding of scholastic logic. For all of which reasons we shall cite a few passages from it here. 11.18 Refutation is reasoning involving the contradictory of the given conclusion. Now some of them do not really achieve this, though they seem to do so for a number of reasons; and of these the most prolific and usual domain is the argument that turns upon names only. It is impossible in a discussion to bring in the actual things discussed : we use their names as symbols instead of them; and therefore we suppose that what follows in the names, follows in the things as well, just as people who calculate suppose in regard to their counters. But the two cases (names and things) are not alike. For names are finite and so is the sum-total of formulae, while things are infinite in number. Inevitably, then, the same formulae, and a single name, have a number of meanings. Historically, a very important text: in it Aristotle rejects forma- lism, rightly so for the purposes of ordinary language. For without preliminary distinction of the various functioning of signs correct laws cannot be formulated in such a language. The text just cited underlies the vast growth of medieval doctrine about supposition, appellation and analogy (§§ 27 and 28). So far as concerns Aristotle and the other ancient logicians, it appears that they got round the difficulty mentioned by applying rules by which ordinary language was turned into an artificial language with a single function for every verbal form. 11.19 There are two styles of refutation: for some depend on the language used, while some are independent of language. Those ways of producing the false appearance of an argument which depend on language are six in number: they are ambiguity, amphiboly, combination, division of words, accent, form of expression. 11.20 Arguments such as the following depend upon ambi- guity. 'Those learn who know: for it is those who know their letters who learn the letters dictated to them.' For 'to learn' 55 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC is ambiguous; it signifies both 'to understand' by the use of knowledge, and also 'to acquire knowledge'. 11.21 Examples such as the following depend upon amphi- boly: . . . 'Speaking of the silent is possible': for 'speaking of the silent' also has a double meaning: it may mean that the speaker is silent or that the things of which he speaks are so. 11.22 Upon the combination of words there depend instances such as the following: 'A man can walk while sitting, and can write while not writing'. For the meaning is not the same if one divides the words and if one combines them in saying that 'it is possible to walk-while-sitting . . .'. The same applies to the latter phrase, too, if one combines the words 'to write-while-not-writing' : for then it means that he has the power to write and not to write at once; whereas if one does not combine them, it means that when he is not writing he has the power to write. 11.23 Upon division depend the propositions that 5 is 2 and 3, and even and odd, and that the greater is equal: for it is that amount and more besides. 11.24 Of fallacies, on the other hand, that are independent of language there are seven kinds : (1) that which depends upon Accident: (2) the use of an expression absolutely or not absolutely but with some qualification of respect, or place, or time, or relation : (3) that which depends upon ignorance of what 'refutation' is: (4) that which depends upon the consequent: (5) that which depends upon assuming the original con- clusion : (6) stating as cause what is not the cause: (7) the making of more than one question into one. And example of (1) is: 'If Coriscus is different from a man he is different from himself (11.25); of (2): 'Suppose an Indian to be black all over, but white in respect of his teeth ; then he is both white and not white' (11.26); (3) consists in proving something other than what is to be proved (11.27); (5) consists in presupposing what is to be proved (11.28). (4) alone involves a formal fallacy, namely concluding from the consequent to the antecedent of a conditional sentence (11.29). 56 §12. THEORY OF OPPOSITION; PRINCIPLE OF CONTRADICTION; PRINCIPLE OF TERTIUM EXCLUSUM A. THEORY OF OPPOSITION Aristotle developed two different theories of opposition. The first, contained in the Topics (12.01) and belonging to the earlier period of his development, is most clearly summarized in the pseudo-aristotelian Categories : 12.02 There are four senses in which one thing is said to be opposed to another: as correlatives, or as contraries, or as privation and habit (e?i?), or as affirmation and denial. To give a general outline of these oppositions: the double is correlative to the half, evil is contrary to good, blindness is a privation and sight a habit, 'he sits' is an affirmation, 'he does not sit' a denial. Two points are worth remark: the division presupposes a material standpoint, and even in the last case, contradictory opposition, concerns relationships between terms, not sentences. It is quite otherwise in the later period. The second doctrine presupposes the Aristotelian theory of quantification, which is later than the Topics: 12.03 Some things are universal, others individual. By the term 'universal' I mean that which is of such a nature as to be predicated of many subjects, by 'individual' that which is not thus predicated. Thus 'man' is a universal, 'Callias' an indi- vidual. . . . If, N then, a man states a positive and a negative proposition of universal character with regard to a universal, these two propositions are 'contrary'. By the expression 'a proposition of universal character with regard to a universal', such propositions as 'every man is white', 'no man is white' are meant. When, on the other hand, the positive and negative propositions, though they have regard to a universal, are yet not of universal character, they will not be contrary, albeit the meaning intended is sometimes contrary. As instances of propositions made with regard to a universal, but not of universal character, we may take the propositions 'man is white', 'man is not white'. 'Man 'is a universal, but the pro- position is not made as of universal character; for the word 'every' does not make the subject a universal, but rather gives the proposition a universal character. If, however, both 57 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC predicate and subject are distributed, the proposition thus constituted is contrary to truth; no affirmation will, under such circumstances, be true. The proposition 'every man is every animal' is an example of this type. This text contains the following points of doctrine: 1. distinction between general and singular sentences, according to the kind of subject; 2. divison of general sentences into universal and particular according to the extension of the subject; 3. rejection of quantifica- tion of the predicate. The whole doctrine is now purely formal, and is explicitly concerned with sentences. Another division is to be found at the beginning of the Prior Analytics: 12.04 A premiss then is a sentence affirming or denying one thing of another. This is either universal or particular or indefinite. By universal I mean the statement that something belongs to all or none of something else; by particular that it belongs to some or not to some or not to all; by indefinite that it does or does not belong, without any mark to show whether it is universal or particular. Here Aristotle enumerates three kinds of sentence: universal, particular and indefinite. It is striking that no mention is made of singular sentences. This is due to the fact that every term in the syllogistic must be available both as subject and predicate, but accord- ing to Aristotle singular terms cannot be predicated (12.05). In the particular sentence 'some' means 'at least one, not excluding all'. Whereas, as Sugihara has recently shewn (12.06), an indefinite sentence should probably be interpreted in the sense: 'at least one A is B and at least one A is not B\ However cases in which the formal properties of particular and indefinite sentences differ are rare in the syllogistic, so that Aristotle himself often states the equivalence of these sentences (12.07). Later, even in Alexander of Aphrodisias (12.08), these cases are dropped altogether. 12.09 Verbally four kinds of opposition are possible, viz. universal affirmative to universal negative, universal affirma- tive to particular negative, particular affirmative to universal negative, and particular affirmative to particular negative: but really there are only three : for the particular affirmative is only verbally opposed to the particular negative. Of the genuine opposites I call those which are universal contraries, the universal affirmative and the universal negative, e.g. 'all science is good', 'no science is good'; the others I call contra- dictories. 58 ARISTOTLE Here we have the 'logical square' later to become classical, which can be set out schematically thus: 12.091 to belong to all contrary to belong to none \ / % .if* V / * . / \ to belong to some only verbal not to belong to all The logical relationships here intended are shown in the following passages: 12.10 Of such corresponding positive and negative pro- positions as refer to universals and have a universal character, one must be true and the other false. 12.11 It is evident also that the denial corresponding to a single affirmation is itself single; ... for instance, the affir- mation 'Socrates is white' has its proper denial in the pro- position 'Socrates is not white' . . . The denial proper to the affirmation 'every man is white' is 'not every man is white'; that proper to the affirmation 'some man is white' is 'no man is white'. In the later tradition the so-called laws of subalternation also came to be included in the 'logical square'. They run: If A belongs to all B, then it belongs to some B (12.12). If A belongs to no B, then to some B it does not belong (12.13). B. OBVERSION In Aristotle's logic negation normally occurs only as a functor determining a sentence, but there are a number of places in the Organon where formulae are considered which contain a negation determining a name. Thus we read in the Hermeneia: 12.14 The proposition 'no man is just' follows from the proposition 'every man is not-just' and the proposition 'not every man is not-just', which is the contradictory of 'every 59 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC man is not-just', follows from the proposition 'some man is just'; for if this be true, there must be some just man. These laws were evidently discovered with great labour and after experimenting with various false formulae (12.15). Aristotle has similar ones for sentences with individual subjects in the Hermeneia (12.16). In the Prior Analytics Aristotle develops a similar doctrine in more systematic form and with variables: 12.17 Let A stand for 'to be good', B for 'not to be good', let C stand for 'to be not-good', and be placed under B, and let D stand for 'not to be not-good' and be placed under A. Then either A or B will belong to everything, but they will never belong to the same thing; and either C or D will belong to everything, but they will never belong to the same thing. And B must belong to everything to which C belongs. For if it is true to say 'it is not-white', it is true also to say 'it is not white' : for it is impossible that a thing should simultaneously be white and be not-white, or be a not-white log and be a white log; consequently if the affirmation does not belong, the denial must belong. But C does not always belong to B: for what is not a log at all, cannot be a not-white log either. On the other hand D belongs to everything to which A belongs. For either C or D belongs to everything to which A belongs. But since a thing cannot be simultaneously not-white and white, D must belong to everything to which A belongs. For of that which is white it is true to say that it is not not-white. But A is not true of all D. For of that which is not a log at all it is not true to say A, viz. that it is a white log. Consequently D is true, but A is not true, i.e. that it is a white log. It is clear also that A and C cannot together belong to the same thing, and that B and D may possibly belong to the same thing. C. THE PRINCIPLE OF CONTRADICTION While Aristotle was well acquainted with the principle of identity, so much discussed later, he only mentions it in passing (12.18). But to the principle of contradiction he devoted the whole of Book T of the Metaphysics. This book is evidently a youthful work, and was perhaps written in a state of excitement, since it contains logical errors; nevertheless it is concerned with an intuition of fundamental importance for logic. 60 ARISTOTLE The following are the most important formulations of the principle of contradiction: 12.19 The same attribute cannot at the same time belong and not belong to the same subject and in the same respect. 12.20 Let A stand for 'to be good', B for 'not to be good' .... Then either A or B will belong to everything, but they will never belong to the same thing. 12.21 It is impossible that contradictories should be at the same time true of the same thing. 12.22 It is impossible to affirm and deny truly at the same time. The first two of these formulae are in the object language, the last two in a metalanguage, and the author evidently understands the difference. In the Topics and Hermeneia Aristotle has a stronger law: 12.23 It is impossible that contrary predicates should belong at the same time to the same thing. 12.24 Propositions are opposed as contraries when both the affirmation and the denial are universal ... in a pair of this sort both propositions cannot be true. This last statement is quite understandable if one remembers that when Aristotle was young proofs principally consisted of refutations. But when Aristotle had developed his syllogistic, in which refutation has only a subordinate part to play, he not only found that the principle of contradiction would not do at all as the first axiom, but also that violence may be done to it in a correct syllogism. The first in modern times to advert to this Aristotelian doctrine was I. Husic in 1906 (12.27). It may seem so astonishing to readers accustomed to the 'classical' interpretation of Aristotelian logic, that it is worth while shewing not merely its absolute necessity but also the context from which our logician's thought clearly emerges. 12.28 The law that it is impossible to affirm and deny simultaneously the same predicate of the same subject is not expressly posited by any demonstration except when the conclusion also has to be expressed in that form; in which case the proof lays down as its major premiss that the major is truly affirmed of the middle but falsely denied. It makes no difference, however, if we add to the middle, or again to the 61 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC minor term, the corresponding negative. For grant a minor term of which it is true to predicate man - even if it be also true to predicate not-man of it -still grant simply that man is animal and not not-animal, and the conclusion follows: for it will still be true to say that Callias - even if it be also true to say that not-Callias - is animal and not not-animal. The syllogism here employed has then, omitting quantifiers, the following form: 12.281 If M is P and not not-P, and £ is M, then S is P and not not-P. So the principle of contradiction is no axiom, and does not need to be presupposed, except in syllogisms of the fore-going kind. The text quoted is also remarkable in that the middle term in 12.281 is a product (cf. the commentary on 15.151), and that in the minor term an individual name is substituted (cf. § 13, C, 5) - in each case contrary to normal syllogistic practice. However the text comes from the Posterior Analytics and must belong to a relatively early period. Aristotle goes still further and states that the principle of con- tradiction can be completely violated in a conclusive syllogism: 12.29 In the middle (i.e. second: cf. 13.07) figure a syllo- gism can be made both of contradictories and contraries. Let 'A' stand for 'good', let ' B' and 'C stand for 'science'. If then one assumes that every science is good, and no science is good, A belongs to all B and to no C, so that B belongs to no C: no science is then a science. This syllogism has the following form : 12.291 If all M is P and no M is P, then no M is M. D. THE PRINCIPLE OF TERTIUM EXCLUSUM One formulation of this principle has already been quoted (12.20). Others are: 12.30 In the case of that which is, or which has taken place, propositions, whether positive or negative, must be true or false. Again, in the case of a pair of contradictories, either when the subject is universal and the propositions are of a universal character, or when it is individual, as has been said, one of the two must be true and the other false. 62 ARISTOTLE 12.31 One side of the contradiction must be true. Again, if it is necessary with regard to everything either to assert or to deny it, it is impossible that both should be false. Aristotle's normal practice was to presuppose the correctness of these theses, and he devoted a notable chapter of the fourth hook of the Metaphysics (T 8) to the defence of the principle of tertium exclusion (or tertium non dalur). At least once, however, he called it into question: in the ninth chapter of the Hermeneia he will not allow it to be valid for future contingent events. He bases his ar- gument thus: 12.32 If it is true to say that a thing is white, it must necessarily be white; if the reverse proposition is true, it will of necessity not be white .... It may therefore be argued that it is necessary that affirmations or denials must be either true or false. Now if this be so, nothing is or takes place fortuitously, either in the present or in the future, and there are no real alternatives; everthing takes place of neces- sity and is fixed. ... It is therefore plain that it is not necessary that of an affirmation and a denial one should be true and the other false. For in the case of that which exists potentially, but not actually, the rule which applies to that which exists actually does not hold good. These considerations had no influence on Aristotle's logical system, as has already been said, but they came to have great historical importance in the Middle Ages. The doubt about the validity ot the principle of tertium exclusum arose from an intuition of the difficult problems which it sets. The debate is not closed even today. §13. ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC We give here a page of the Prior Analytics in as literal a trans- lation as possible, and comment on it afterwards. It contains the essentials of what later came to be called Aristotle's assertoric syllogistic. It is a leading text, in which no less than three great discoveries are applied for the first time in history: variables, purely formal treatment, and an axiomatic system. It constitutes the beginning of formal logic. Short as it is, it formed the basis of logical speculation for more than two thousand years - and yet has been only too often much misunderstood. It deserves to be read atten- tively. 63 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC A. TEXT Aristotle begins by stating the laws of conversion of sentences. These are cited below, 14.10 ff., among the bases of the systematic development. He goes on : 13.01 When then three terms are so related one to another that the last is in the middle (as in a) whole and the middle is or is not in the first as in a whole, then there must be a perfect syllogism of the two extremes. 13.02 Since if A (is predicated) of all B, and B of all C, A must be predicated of all C. 13.03 Similarly too if A (is predicated) of no B, and B of all A, it is necessary that A will belong to no C. 13.04 But if the first follows on all the middle whereas the middle belongs to none of the last, there is no syllogism of the extremes; for nothing necessary results from these; for the first may belong to all and to none of the last; so that neither a particular nor a universal is necessary; and since there is nothing necessary these produce no syllogism. Terms for belonging to all: animal, man, horse; for belonging to none: animal, man, stone. 13.05 But if one of the terms is related wholly, one partially, to the remaining one; when the wholly related one is posited either affirmatively or negatively to the major extreme, and the partially related one affirmatively to the minor extreme, there must be a perfect syllogism . . . for let A belong to all B and B to some C, then if being predicated of all is what has been said, A must belong to some C. 13.06 And if A belongs to no B and B to some C, to some C A must not belong . . . and similarly if the BC (premiss) is indefinite and affirmative. 13.07 But when the some belongs to all of one, to none of the other; such a figure I call the second. 13.08 For let M be predicated of no N and of all X ; since then the negative converts, N will belong to no M ; but M was assumed (to belong) to all X ; so that N (will belong) to no X ; for this has been shewn above. 13.09 Again, if M (belongs) to all iV and to no X, X too will belong to no N; for if M (belongs) to no X, X too (belongs) to no M ; but M belonged to all N ; therefore X will belong to no iV, for the first figure has arisen again ; but since the nega- tive converts, N too will belong to no X, so that it will be the 64 ARISTOTLE same syllogism. It is possible to shew this by bringing to impossibility. 13.10 If M belongs to no TV and to some X, then to some X TV must not belong. For since the negative converts, TV will belong to no M, but M has been supposed to belong to some X; so that to some X TV will not belong; for a syllogism arises in the first figure. 13.11 Again, if M belongs to all TV and to some X not. to some TV X must not belong. For if it belongs to all, and M is predicated of all TV, M must belong to all X ; but to some it has been supposed not to belong. 13.12 If to the same, one belongs to all, the other to none, or both to all or to none, such a figure I call third. 13.13 When both P and R belong to all S, of necessity P will belong to some B; for since the affirmative converts, S will belong to some P, so that when P (belongs) to all S, and S to some R, P must belong to some R; for a syllogism arises in the first figure. One can make the proof also by (bring- ing to) the impossible and by setting out (terms); for if both belong to all S, if some of the (things which are) S be taken, say TV, to this both P and R will belong, so that to some R P will belong. 13.14 And if R belongs to all S, and P to none, there will be a syllogism that to some R P necessarily will not belong. For there is the same manner of proof, with the RS premiss converted. It could also be shewn by the impossible as in the previous cases. 13.15 If R (belongs) to all S and P to some, P must belong to some R. For since the affirmative converts, 8 will belong to some P, so that when R (belongs) to all S, and S to some P, R too will belong to some P; so that P (will belong) to some R. 13.16 Again, if R belongs to some S and P to all, P must belong to some R; for there is the same manner of proof. One can also prove it by the impossible and by setting out, as in the previous cases. 13.17 If R belongs to all S, and to some (S) P does not. then to some R P must not belong. For if to all, and R (belongs) to all S, P will also belong to all S; but it did not belong. It is also proved with reduction (to the impossible) if some of what is S be taken to which P does not belong. 13.18 If P belongs to no S, and R to some S, to some R P will not belong; for again there will be the first figure when the RS premiss is converted. 65 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC B. INTERPRETATION This passage is composed in such compressed language that most readers find it very hard to understand. Indeed the very style is of the greatest significance for the history of logic ; for here we have the manner of thought and writing of all genuine formal logicians, be they Stoics or Scholastics, be their name Leibniz or Frege. Hence we have given a literal version, but shall now interpret it with the aid of paraphrase and commentary: on 13.01 : Aristotle defines the first figure. This may serve as an example: Gainful art is contained in art in general as in a whole; the art of pursuit (e.g. hunting) is contained in gainful art as in a whole; therefore the art of pursuit is contained in art in general as in a whole. The example is taken from Plato's division (8.05), from which the Aristotelian syllogism seems to have developed. We shall explain what a perfect syllogism is in § 14. on 13.02: This mood later (with Peter of Spain) came to be called 'Barbara'. Hereafter we refer to all moods by the mnemonic names originating with Peter of Spain (cf. 32.04 ff.). We obtain an example by substitution: If animal belongs to all man and man belongs to all Greek, then animal belongs to all Greek. on 13.03: Celarent: If stone belongs to no man and man belongs to all Greek, then stone belongs to no Greek. on 13.04: Names are here given for two substitutions by which it can be shewn that a further mood is invalid. Probably the follow- ing are intended : Mood Substitution If A to all B 1. If animal belongs to all man and B to no C, and man belongs to no horse, then A to no C, then animal belongs to no horse. 2. If animal belongs to all man and man belongs to no stone, then animal belongs to no stone. In each case the premisses are true, but the conclusion is once true, once false. Therefore the mood is invalid. on 13.05: Darii: If Greek belongs to all Athenian and Athenian belongs to some logician, then Greek belongs to some logician. It is to be noticed that here and subsequently 'some' must have the sense of 'at least one'. on 13.06: Ferio: If Egyptian belongs to no Greek and Greek belongs to some logician, then to some logician Egyptian does not belong. 66 ARISTOTLE on 13.07: Aristotle defines the second figure, in which the middle term is predicate in both premisses. He considers three cases: 1. one premiss is universal and affirmative, the other universal and negative, 2. both premisses are universal and affirmative, '.>. both premisses are negative. Only in the first case there are valid syllogisms, on 13.08: Cesare: If man belongs to no stone and man belongs to all Greek, then stone belongs to no Greek. This is reduced to Celarent (13.03) by conversion of the major (first) premiss: If stone belongs to no man and man belongs to all Greek, then stone belongs to no Greek, on 13.09: Camestres: If (1) animal belongs to all man and (2) animal belongs to no stone, then (3) man belongs to no stone. The proof proceeds by reduction to Celarent (13.03). First the minor premiss (2) is converted : (4) stone belongs to no animal; then comes the other premiss : (1) animal belongs to all man. (4) and (1) are the premisses of Celarent, from which follows the conclusion, (5) stone belongs to no man. This is converted, and so the desired conclusion is obtained. It is important to notice that this conclusion is first stated by Aristotle at the end of the process of proof. on 13.10: Festino: The proof of this mood is by reduction to Ferio (13.06), the major premiss being converted as in Cesare (13.08). on 13.11: Baroco: If (1) Greek belongs to all Athenian and (2) to some logician Greek does not belong, then (3) to some logician Athenian does not belong. The proof proceeds by first hypothesizing the conclusion as false, i.e. its contradictory opposite is supposed : (4) Athenian belongs to all logician. Now comes the first (major) premiss: (5) Greek belongs to all Athenian. From these one obtains a syllogism in Barbara (13.02): If (5) Greek belongs to all Athenian and (4) Athenian belongs to all logician, then (6) Greek belongs to all logician. But the conclusion (6) of this syllogism is contradictorily opposed to the minor premiss of Baroco, (2), and as this is accepted, the former must be rejected. So one of the premisses (4) and (5) must be rejected : as (5) is accepted, (4) must be rejected; and so we obtain the con- tradictory opposite of (4), namely (3). 67 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC on 13.12: Aristotle defines the third figure, in which the middle term is subject in both premisses. He considers the same three cases as in 13.07. on 13.13: Darapti: If Greek belongs to all Athenian and man belongs to all Athenian, then Greek belongs to some man. This syllogism is first reduced to Darii (13.05) by conversion of the minor premiss - just as Cesare (13.08) is reduced to Celarent (13.03). But Aristotle then develops two further methods of proof: a process - as with Baroco (13.11) - 'through the impossible', and the 'setting out of terms'. This last consists in singling out a part, perhaps an individual (but this is debated in the literature), from the Athenians, say Socrates. It results that as Greek as well as man belongs to all Athenian, Socrates must be Greek as well as man. Therefore this is a Greek who is man. Accordingly Greek belongs to (at least) one man. on 3.14: Felapton: If Egyptian belongs to no Athenian and man belongs to all Athenian, then to some man Egyptian does not belong. The proof proceeds by conversion of the minor (second) premiss, resulting in Ferio (13.06). on 3.15: Disamis: If Athenian belongs to all Greek and logician belongs to some Greek, then logician belongs to some Athenian. The first thing to be noticed is that Aristotle here writes the minor premiss first, as also in 13.16 and 13.17. The proof is by reduction to Darii (13.05), just as Camestres (13.09) was reduced to Celarent (13.03). on 13.16: Datisi: If logician belongs to some Greek and Athenian belongs to all Greek, then Athenian belongs to some logician. The proof proceeds by reduction to Darii (13.05), the minor premiss (here the first!) being converted. on 13.17: Bocardo: If Greek belongs to all Athenian and to some Athenian logician does not belong, then to some Greek logician does not belong. The premisses are again in reversed order, the minor coming first. The proof proceeds by reduction to the impossible, with use of Barbara (13.02) as in the case of Baroco (13.11). A proof by setting out of terms is also recommended, but not carried through, on 13.18: Ferio: If Egyptian belongs to no Greek and logician belongs to some Greek, then to some logician Egyptian does not belong. Aristotle reduces this syllogism to Ferio (13.06), by conversion of the minor (second) premiss. 68 ARISTOTLE This paraphrase with comments is, be it noted, a concession to the modern reader. For in his Analytics Aristotle never argued by means of substitutions, as we have been doing, except in proofs of invalidity. However, in view of the contemporary state of logical awareness, it seems necessary to elucidate the text in this more elementary way. C STRUCTURE OF THE SYLLOGISM If we consider the passages on which we have just commented, the first thing we notice is that the definition which Aristotle gives of the syllogism (10.05), does indeed contain it, but is much too wide: the analytic syllogism as we call the class of formulae considered in chapters 4-6 of the first book of the Prior Analytics, can be described as follows: 1. It is a conditional sentence, the antecedent of which is a con- junction of two premisses. Its general form is : ' If p and q, then r', in which propositional forms are to be substituted for 'p', 'g' and V. So the Aristotelian syllogism has not the later form: 'p; q; therefore r', which is a rule. The Aristotelian syllogism is not a rule but a proposition. 2. The three propositional forms whose inter-connection produces a syllogism, are always of one of these four kinds: 'A belongs to all B\ A belongs to no B\ lA belongs to (at least) some B\ ' (at least) to some B A does not belong'. Instead of this last formula, there some- times occurs the (equivalent) one: 'A belongs not to all B\ The word 'necessary' or 'must' is often used : evidently that only means here that the conclusion in question follows logically from the premisses. 3. Where we have been speaking not of propositions but of forms, seeing that Aristotelian syllogisms always contain letters ('A', 'B', T' etc.) in place of words, which are evidently to be interpreted as variables, Aristotle himself gives examples of how substitutions can be made in them. That is indeed the only kind of substitution for variables known to him: he has, for example, no thought of substituting variables for variables. Nevertheless this is an immense discovery : the use of letters instead of constant words gave birth to formal logic. 4. In every syllogism we find six such letters, called 'terms' (opot., 'boundaries'), equiform in pairs. Aristotle uses the following terminology: the term which is predicate in the conclusion and the term equiform to it in one of the premisses, are called 'major', evidently because in the first figure - but there only - this has the greatest extension. The term which is subject in the conclusion, and the term equiform to it in one of the premisses, he calls a 'minor' or 'last' term (eXocttov, Ict^octov) for the same reason. Finally the two equiform terms that occur only in the premisses are called 'middle' terms. By contrast the two others are called 'extremes' (axpa). 69 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC Admittedly the terms are not so defined in the text of Aristotle : he gives complicated definitions based on the meaning of the terms ; but his customary syllogistic practice keeps to the foregoing definitions. - Sometimes the premiss containing the major term is called 'the major', the other 'the minor'. 5. The letters (variables) can, in the system, only be substituted by universal terms; they are term-variables for universal terms. But it would not be right to call them class-variables, for that would be to ascribe to Aristotle a distinction between intension and extension which is out of place. One may ask why the founder of logic, whose philosophical development proceeded steadily away from Platonism towards a recognition of the importance of the individual, completely omitted singular terms in what (by contrast to the Hermeneia) is his most mature work. The reason probably lies in his assumption that such terms are not suitable as predicates (13.19), whereas syllogistic technique requires every extreme term to occur at least once as predicate. 6. It is usually said that a further limitation is required, namely that void terms must not be substituted for the variables. But this is only true in the context of certain interpretations of the syllogistic; on other interpretations this limitation is not required. To sum up : we have in the syllogistic a formal system of term-logic, with variables, limited to universal terms, and consisting of propo- sitions, not rules. This system is also axiomatized. Hence we have here together three of the greatest discoveries of our science: formal treatment, variables, and axiomatization. What makes this last achievement the more remarkable is the fact that the system almost achieves completeness (there is lacking only an exact elaboration of the moods of the fourth figure). This is something rare for the first formulation of a quite original logical discovery. D. THE FIGURES AND FURTHER SYLLOGISMS The syllogisms are divided into three classes (ax^aTa), 'figures' as this was later translated, according to the position of the middle term. According to Aristotle there are only three such figures : 13.20 So we must take something midway between the two, which will connect the predications, if we are to have a syllogism relating this to that. If then we must take something common in relation to both, and this is possible in three ways (either by predicating A of C, and C of B, or C of both, or both of C), and these are the figures of which we have spoken, it is clear that every syllogism must be made in one or other of these figures. 70 ARISTOTLE But evidently this is so far from being the case that Aristotle himself was well aware of a fourth figure. He treats its syllogisms as arguments obtainable from those already gained in the first figure: 13.21 It is evident also that in all the figures, whenever a proper syllogism does not result, if both the terms are affir- mative or negative nothing necessary follows at all, but if one is affirmative, the other negative, and if the negative is stated universally, a syllogism always results relating the minor to the major term, e.g. if A belongs to all or some B, and B belongs to no C: for if the premisses are converted it is necessary that C does not belong to some A. Similarly also in the other figures. The case under consideration is this: the premisses are (1) lA belongs to all B\ (2) 'B belongs to no C\ They are both converted and their order is reversed (an operation that is irrelevant for Aristotle), so that we get: lC belongs to no B' and 'B belongs to some A\ But those are the premisses of the fourth mood of the first figure (Ferio, 13.06), which has as conclusion 'to some A C does not belong'. Now if 'major term' and 'minor term' are defined as has been done above (§ 13, C 4) in accordance with the practice of Albalag and the moderns, then evidently C is the major term, A the minor, and so (2) is the major premiss, (1) the minor premiss. From that it follows that the middle term is predicate in the major premiss, subject in the minor, just the reverse of the situation in the first figure. We have here therefore a fourth figure. That Aristotle refuses to recognize any such, is due to his not giving a theoretical definition of the terms according to their place in the conclusion, but according to their extension, and so not a formal definition but one dependent on their meaning. - The syllogism just investigated later came to be called Fresison. Aristotle explicitly stated two syllogism of this figure, Fresison already cited, and in the same passage (13.31) Fesapo; he hints only at three more (13.32): Dimaris, Bamalip and Camenes. The same text (13.22) would permit us to gain still other syllo- gisms from two of the second figure Cesare: 13.08 and Cameslres: 13.09) and from three of the third {Darapti: 13.13, Disamis: 13.15 and Dalisi: 13.16). It is worth remarking that these hints do not occur in the text of the proper presentation of the syllogistic; apparently Aristotle only made these discoveries when his system was already in being. Consequently the following passage seems to be a later addition. It is at the origin of what later came to be called the 'subalternate syllogisms', Barbari, Celaront, Cesaro, Camestrop and Calemop. 71 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 13.23 It is possible to give another reason concerning those (syllogisms) which are universal. For all the things that are subordinate to the middle term or to the conclusion may be proved by the same syllogism, if the former are placed in the middle, the latter in the conclusion; e.g. if the conclusion AB is proved through C, whatever is subordinate to B or C must accept the predicate A : for if D is included in B as in a whole, and B is included in A, then D will be included in A. Again if E is included in C as in a whole, and C is included in A, then E will be included in A. Similarly if the syllogism is negative. In the second figure it will be possible to infer only that which is subordinate to the conclusion, e.g. if A belongs to no B and to all C ; we conclude that B belongs to no C. If then D is subordinate to C, clearly B does not belong to it. But that B does not belong to what is subordinate to A, is not clear by means of the syllogism. These syllogisms, however, are not developed. If we want to summarize the content of the texts we have adduced, we see that Aristotle in fact expressly formulated the conditions required for a system of twenty-four syllogistic moods, six in each figure. Of these twenty-four he only developed nineteen himself, only fourteen of them thoroughly. The remaining ten fall into three classes: (1) exactly formulated (Fesapo, Fresison: 13.21): (2) not formulated, but clearly indicated (Dimaris, Bamalip, Camenes: 13.22); (3) only indirectly indicated: the five 'subalternate' moods (13.23). That explains how historically sometimes fourteen, sometimes nineteen and again at other times twenty-four moods are spoken of. The last figure is obviously the only correct one. For evidently no systematic principle can be derived from the fact that the author of the syllogistic did not precisely develop certain moods. § 14. AXIOMATIZATION OF THE SYLLOGISTIC FURTHER LAWS A. AXIOMATIC THEORY OF THE SYSTEM Aristotle axiomatized the syllogistic, and in more than one way. In this connection we shall first cite the most important passages in which he presents his theory of the system as axiomatized, and then give the axiomatization itself. For this theory is the first of its kind known to us, and notwithstanding its weaknesses, must be consi- dered as yet another quite original contribution made to logic by 72 ARISTOTLE Aristotle. The point is a methodological one of course, not a matter of formal logic, and that Aristotle was himself aware of: 14.01 We now state by what means, when, and how every syllogism is produced; subsequently we must speak of demon- stration. Syllogism should be discussed before demonstration, because syllogism is the more general: demonstration is a sort of syllogism, but not every syllogism is a demonstration. Aristotle's doctrine of demonstration is precisely his methodology. But as the methodology of deduction is closely connected with formal logic, we must go into at least a few details. 14.02 We suppose ourselves to possess unqualified scientific knowledge of a thing, as opposed to knowing it in the accidental way in which the sophist knows, when we think that we know the cause on which the fact depends, as the cause of that fact and of no other, and, further, that the fact could not be other than it is . . . There may be another manner of knowing as well - that will be discussed later. What I now assert is that at all events we do know by demonstration. By demonstration I mean a syllogism productive of scientific knowledge, a syllogism, that is, the grasp of which is eo ipso such knowledge. Assuming then that my thesis as to the nature of scientific knowing is correct, the premisses of demonstrated knowledge must be true, primary, immediate, better known than and prior to the conclusion, which is further related to them as effect to cause. Unless these conditions are satisfied, the basic truths will not be 'appropriate' to the conclusion. Syllogism there may indeed be without these conditions, but such syllogism, not being productive of scientific knowledge, will not be demonstration. 14.03 There are three elements in demonstration : (1) what is proved, the conclusion - an attribute inhering essen- tially in a genus; (2) the axioms, i.e. the starting points of proof; (3) the subject-genus whose attributes, i.e. essential properties, are revealed by the demonstration. It emerges clearly from this text that for Aristotle a demonstration (1) is a syllogism, (2) with specially constructed premisses, and (3) with a conclusion in which a property (11.081 is predicated of a genus. That, however, can only be achieved by means of a syllogism in the first figure : 73 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 14.04 Of all figures the most scientific is the first. Thus, it is the vehicle of the demonstrations of all the mathematical sciences, such as arithmetic, geometry, and optics, and practi- cally of all sciences that investigate causes ... a second proof that this figure is the most scientific; for grasp of a reasoned conclusion is the primary condition of knowledge. Thirdly, the first is the only figure which enables us to pursue know- ledge of the essence of a thing. . . . Finally, the first figure has no need of the others, while it is by means of the first that the other two figures are developed, and have their intervals close-packed until immediate premisses are reached. Clearly, therefore, the first figure is the primary condition of knowledge. This doctrine is only of historical importance, though that is considerable: on the other hand the essential of Aristotle's views on the structure of an axiomatic system has remained a part of every methodology of deduction right to our own day: 14.05 Our own doctrine is that not all knowledge is demon- strative: on the contrary, knowledge of the immediate premisses is independent of demonstration. (The necessity of this is obvious; for since we must know the prior premisses from which the demonstration is drawn, and since the regress must end in immediate truths, those truths must be indemon- strable.) . . Now demonstration must be based on premisses prior to and better known than the conclusion ; and the same things cannot simultaneously be both prior and posterior to one another: so circular demonstration is clearly not possible in the unqualified sense of 'demonstration', but only possible if 'demonstration' be extended to include that other method of argument which rests on a distinction between truths prior to us and truths without qualification prior, i.e. the method by which induction produces knowledge. . . . The advocates of circular demonstration are not only faced with the difficulty we have just stated: in addition their theory reduces to the mere statement that if a thing exists, then it does exist - an easy way of proving anything. That this is so can be clearly shown by taking three terms, for to constitute the circle it makes no difference whether many terms or few or even only two are taken. Thus by direct proof, if A is, B must be ; if B is, C must be ; therefore if A is, C must be. Since then - by the circular proof - if A is, B must be, and if B is, A must be, A may be substituted for C above. Then 'if B is, A 74 ARISTOTLE must be' = 'if B is, C must be', which above gave the con- clusion 'if A is, C must be', but C and A have been identified. This is, be it said at once, far the clearest passage about our problem, which evidently faced Aristotle with enormous difficulties. Two elements are to be distinguished : on the one hand it is a matter of epislemological doctrine, according to which all scientific knowledge must finally be reduced to evident and necessary premisses; on the other hand is a logical theory of deduction, which states that one cannot demonstrate all sentences in a system, but must leave off somewhere; for neither a processus in infinitum nor a circular demonstration is possible. In other words: there mu-t be axioms in every system. B. SYSTEMS OF SYLLOGISTIC This doctrine was now applied by Aristotle to formal logic itself, i.e. to the syllogistic ; yes, the syllogistic is the first known axiomatic system, or more precisely the first class of such systems: for Ari- stotle axiomatized it in several ways. One can distinguish in his work the following systems: 1) with the four syllogisms of the first figure (together with other laws) as axioms, 2) with the first two syllogisms of the same figure, 3) with syllogisms of any figure as axioms, in which among other features the syllogisms of the first figure are reduced to those of the second and third. These three systems are presented in an object-language; there is further to be found in Aristotle a sketch for the axiomatization of the syllogistic in a metalanguage. We take first the second system, the first having been fully presented above in § 13. 14.06 It is possible also to reduce all syllogisms to the universal syllogisms in the first figure. Those in the second figure are clearly made perfect by these, though not all in the same way; the universal syllogisms are made perfect by con- verting the negative premiss, each of the particular syllogisms by reductio ad impossibile. In the first figure particular syllogisms are indeed made perfect by themselves, but it is possible also to prove them by means of the second figure, reducing them ad impossibile, e.g. if A belongs to all B, and B to some C, it follows that A belongs to some C. For if it belonged to no 67, and belongs to all B, then B will belong to no C: this we know by means of the second figure. It is here shewn that Darii (13.05) can be reduced to Cameslres (13.09) ; the proof of Ferio (13.06) is similarly effected, and it is then 75 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC shewn that the syllogisms of the third figure can also be easily deduced. In these operations the syllogisms of the first figure always play the part of axioms, for the reason that they are to be 'perfect' (TeAeLOi) syllogisms (14.08). This expression is explained thus: 14.09 I call that a perfect syllogism which needs nothing other than what has been stated to make plain what neces- sarily follows; a syllogism is imperfect, if it needs either one or more propositions, which are indeed the necessary conse- quences of the terms set down, but have not been expressly stated as premisses. But this can only mean that perfect syllogisms are intuitively evident. C. DIRECT PROOF To be able to deduce his syllogisms Aristotle makes use of three procedures, and in each of another class of formulae, not named as axioms and in part tacitly presented. The procedures are direct proof (SzixTitic, avaysLv), reduction to the impossible (zlc, to aSuvarov avayetv) and ecthesis (setting out of terms, exOsctic;). In direct proof the laws of conversion of sentences are explicitly presupposed ; they are three : 14.10 If A belongs to no B, neither will B belong to any A. For if to some, say to C, it will not be true that A belongs to no B; for C is one of the things (which are) B. 14.11 If A belongs to all B, B also will belong to some A; for if to none, then neither will A belong to any B; but by hypothesis it belonged to all. 14.12 If A belongs to some B, B also must belong to some A; for if to none, then neither will A belong to any B. Aristotle prefaces the syllogistic proper with these laws and their justification, clearly conscious that he needs them for the 'direct procedure' .They are the laws of conversion of affirmative (universal and particular), and universal negative propositions. (The conversion of particular negatives is expressly recognized as invalid: 14.13.) It is noteworthy that Aristotle tries to axiomatize these laws too : the first is proved by ecthesis and serves as axiom for the two others. Besides these explicit presuppositions of the syllogistic, some rules of inference are also used, without Aristotle having consciously reflected on them. They are these : 14.141 Should 'If p and q, then r' and 'If s, then p' be valid, then also 'If s and q, then r' is valid. 76 ARISTOTLE 14.142 Should 'If p and q, then r' and 'If s, then qf be valid, then also 'If p and s, then r' is valid. 14.151 Should 'If p and q, then r' be valid, then also 'If q and p, then r' is valid. 14.161 Should 'If p, then </' and 'If </, then r' be valid, then also 'If p, then r' is valid. Some of these rules also used - without being explicitly appealed to - for constructing formulae that later came to be called 'polysyllo- gisms, or 'soriteses' : 14.17 It is clear too that every demonstration will proceed through three terms and no more, unless the same con- clusion is established by different pairs of propositions; . . . Or again when each of the propositions A and B is obtained by syllogistic inference, e.g. A by means of D and E, and again B by means of F and G. . . . But thus also the syllogisms are many; for the conclusions are many, e.g. A and B and C. Also to be noted in this text is Aristotle's evident use of proposi- tional variables. D. INDIRECT PROOF Aristotle has two different procedures for reduction to the impos- sible, the first being invalid and clearly earlier. In both, the laws of opposition are presupposed. By contrast to the laws of conversion these are neither systematically introduced nor axiomatized; they occur as the occassion of the deduction requires. The reason for their not being systematized or axiomatized may be that the essential points about them have been stated already in the Hermeneia. The main features have been summarized above (12.10, 12,11). The procedures are as follows: First procedure It is used to reduce Baroco (13.11) and Bocardo (13.17), and takes the course outlined above (in the commentary on 13.11). As Luka- siewicz (14.18) has shown, it is not conclusive. This can be made evident by the following substitution: we put 'bird' for 'M', 'beast' for W and 'owl' for lX' in Baroco (13.11). We obtain: If (1) bird belongs to all beast and (2) to some owl bird does not belong, then (3) to some owl beast does not belong. The syllogism is correct, being a substitution in Baroco; but all its three component sentences are manifestly false. Now if we apply the procedure described above (commentary on 13.11), we must form the contradictory opposite to (3) : (4) Beast belongs to all owl. 77 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC This produces with (1) a syllogism in Barbara (13.02), having as conclusion (5) Bird belongs to all owl, which so far from being false, is evidently true. Hence the procedure fails to give the required conclusion and must be deemed incorrect. It would certainly be correct if Aristotle had not expressed the syllogism as a conditional sentence (in which the antecedent does not need to be asserted), but in the scholastic manner as a rule (31.11) in which one starts from asserted premisses. Second procedure We do not know whether Aristotle saw the incorrectness of the first procedure; in any case in book B of the Prior Analytics he several times uses another which is logically correct. It is to be found in the place where he treats of the so-called 'conversion' (avTLaTpocp-y)) of syllogisms, a matter of replacing one premiss by the (contradictory) opposite of the conclusion. 14.19 Suppose that A belongs to no B, and to some C: the conclusion is BC. ... If the conclusion is converted into its contradictory, both premisses can be refuted. For if B belongs to all C, and A to no B, A will belong to no C: but it was assumed to belong to some C. The following scheme reproduces the thought: Original syllogism Converted syllogism (Festino) (Celarent) If A belongs to no B If A belongs to no B and A belongs to some C, and B belongs to all C, then to some C B does not then A belongs to no C belong. The rule presupposed, of which Aristotle was conscious (cf. 16.33) - he often used it, - is this: 14.201 Should 'If p and q, then r' be valid then also 'If not-r and q, then not-p' is valid. A similar rule, also often used, is: 14.202 Should 'If p and q, then r' be valid, then also 'If p and not-r, then not-qr' is valid. By the use of these rules with the laws of opposition and some of the rules given above (14.151, 14.161), any syllogism can in fact be reduced to another. 78 ARISTOTLE Applications By varying this second procedure Aristotle was able to construct a third axiomatization - or rather a class of further axiomatiza- tions - of his syllogistic: Syllogisms of either the first, second or third figure are taken, and the others proved from them by reduc- tion to the impossible. The result is summarized thus: 14.21 It is clear that in the first figure the syllogisms are formed through the middle and the last figures ... in the second through the first and the last figures ... in the third through the first and the middle figures. We shall not go into the practical details (14.22), but only note that Aristotle replaces premisses not only by their contradictory, but also by their contrary opposites, and that he investigates all syllogisms. The results of replacing premisses by the contradictory opposite of the conclusion can be clearly presented in the following way: From a syllogism of figure 1 2 3 there results by substitution of the negation of the conclusion a syllogism of figure: substitution for the major premiss 3 3 1 substitution for the minor premiss 2 12 E. DICTUM DE OMNI ET NULLO A word must now be said about the 'dictum de omni el nullo' that later became so famous. It concerns the following sentence: 14.23 That one thing should be in the whole of another and should be predicated of all of another is the same. We say that there is predication of all when it is impossible to take anything of which the other will not be predicated; and similarly predication of none. It is not clear whether Aristotle really intended here to establish an axiom for his system, as has often been supposed. One is rather led to suppose that he is simply describing the first and second moods of the first figure (13.02, 13.03). However, the dictum can be understood as an axiom if it is considered as a summary of the first four moods of the first figure, which is not in itself impossible. In this connection we quote a historically and systematically more important passage in which Aristotle deals with a problem of the theory of the three figures (13.20). In it he makes an essential advance in analyzing propositions and gives expression to thoughts that are not without significance for the theory of quantification. 79 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 14.24 It is not the same, either in fact or in speech, that A belongs to all of that to which B belongs, and that A belongs to all of that to all of which B belongs : for nothing prevents B from belonging to C, though not to all C: e.g. let B stand for 'beautiful' and C for 'white'. If beauty belongs to something white, it is true to say that beauty belongs to that which is white: but not perhaps to everything that is white. Here an analysis of the sentence A belongs to all B 'is presented, which could be interpreted in this way: 'For all x: if B belongs to x, then A belongs to x; it would then be a matter of the modern formal implication. That Aristotle thought of such an analysis - at least during his later period - seems guaranteed by the fact that he explicitly applied it to modal logic (cf. 15.13). The Scholastics, as we shall see, treated these thoughts as an elucidation of the dictum. F. BEGINNINGS OF A METALOGICAL SYSTEM Aristotle also described his syllogisms metalogically in such a way that a new, metalogical system could easily be established: 14.25 In every syllogism one of the premisses must be affirmative, an universality must be present. 14.26 It is clear that every demonstration will proceed through three terms and no more, unless the same conclusion is established by different pairs of propositions. 14.27 This being evident, it is clear that a syllogistic conclusion follows from two premisses and not from more than two. 14.28 And it is clear also that in every syllogism either both or one of the premisses must be like the conclusion. I mean not only in being affirmative or negative, but also in being necessary, assertoric or contingent. Aristotle does not carry out this application to modal logic; possibly this is an interpolation by another hand. In developing the several figures Aristotle established similar rules for each. 13.05 contains an example. Taken all together these rules form an almost complete metalogical description of the syllo- gistic, which one would like to develop. G. THE INVENTIO MEDII Here we want to allude briefly to a doctrine of the Prior Analytics which is not essentially a matter of formal logic but rather of methodology, and that is the discussions about what was later 80 ARISTOTLE called the inventio medii. In connection with axiomatization one can ask two different b;isic questions: (1) What follows given premisses? (2) From what premisses can ;i given sentence (con- clusion) be deduced? Aristotle primarily considered the first ques- tion, but in the following text and its continuation he poses also the second, and tries to show the premisses of a syllogism must be constructed in order to yield a given conclusion. At the same time he gives practical advice on the forming of syllogisms: 14.29 The manner in which every syllogism is produced, the number of the terms and premisses through which il proceeds, the relation of the premisses to one another, the character of the problem proved in each figure, and the num- ber of the figures appropriate to each problem, all these matters are clear from what has been said. We must now state how we may ourselves always have a supply of syllogisms in reference to the problem proposed and by what road we may reach the principles relative to the problem: for perhaps we ought not only to investigate the construction of syllogisms, but also to have the power of making them. We do not need to pursue the details of this theory here. It only interests us as the starting-point of the scholastic pons asinorum. § 15. MODAL LOGIC* A. MODALITIES Aristotle distinguishes three principal classes of premisses: 15.01 Every premiss is either about belonging to, or necessarily belonging to, or possibly belonging to. The expressions 'necessary' (el* avayxY)*;) and 'possible' (can belong to, IvSe^ETai, SuvaTai) have several meanings. 1. In respect of the functor 'necessary' (or 'must') we have already remarked (§ 13, C, 2) that it often only expresses logical consequence. * The Aristotelian (as also the Theophrastan) modal logic is here interpreted in the way that was customary among- the Scholastics, rediscovered by A. Becker in 1934, and served as a basis for my ideas in works on the history of modal logic, on Theophrastus and on ancient logic. However, while I was writing this work, Prof. J. Lukasiewicz communicated his being in possession of a quite different interpretation, showing the Aristote- lian system to have contained mistakes which were rectified by Theophrastus. This new interpretation has now been published [Aristotle's Syllogistic, 2nd ed., Oxford, 1957). 81 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC That this is so, can be clearly seen where for instance Aristotle says 'It is necessary that A necessarily belongs to B' (15.02), or again 'It is necessary that A possibly belongs to B' (15.03). The first 'necessary' evidently means logical (a.n'k&c,) and hypothetical (toutcov ovtcov) necessity (15.04). The necessity that something is when it is (6t<xv JJ) obviously belongs to the second of these classes (15.05). 2. Even the simple, unqualified (assertoric) 'belonging to', which Aristotle often calls 'mere belonging to', is divided into an absolute (a.Tzk&Q) and temporally qualified (xorra ^povov) kind, with different logical properties (15.06). 3. As to possibility, Aristotle distinguishes at first two kinds: the one-sided and the two-sided. This distinction emerges from a searching discussion which Aristotle conducts in the Hermeneia. The passage is of great impor- tance for the understanding of the whole doctrine of modalities, and so we give it in full : 15.07 When it is necessary that a thing should be, it is possible that it should be. (For if not, the opposite follows, since one or the other must follow; so, if it is not possible, it is impossible, and it is thus impossible that a thing should be which must necessarily be; which is absurd.) Yet from the proposition 'it may be' it follows that it is not impossible, and from that it follows that it is not necessary; it comes about therefore that the thing which must necessarily be need not be; which is absurd. But again, the proposition 'it is necessary that it should be' does not follow from the proposition 'it may be', nor does the proposition 'it is necessary that it should not be'. . . . For if a thing may be, it may also not be, but if it is necessary that it should be or that it should not be, one of the two alternatives will be excluded. It remains, therefore, that the proposition 'it is not necessary that it should not be' follows from the proposition 'it may be'. For this is true also of that which must necessarily be. The sequence of thought here is, in summary form: If something is necessary, then it is also possible; but what is possible, can also not be (it is not impossible that it should not be) ; but from that it follows that it is not necessary, and so a contradiction results. The solution consists in distinguishing the two meanings of being 'possible': 15.071 One-sided possibility: that is possible which not necessarily is not (which is not impossible). 82 ARISTOTLE 15.072 Two-sided possibility: that is possible which neither necessarily is nor necessarily is not (nor impossibly is). This second, two-sided possibility is the one intended in the syllogistic, and Aristotle only uses the first kind when forced to it. He defines two-sided possibility in the Prior Analytics thus: 15.08 I use the terms 'to be possible' and 'the possible' of that which is not necessary but, being assumed, results in nothing impossible. It coincides, as can be seen, with the definition just fdven above; we find a similar one in the Metaphysics (15.09). In two texts - but both extremely unclear and so hard to reconcile with the teaching as a whole as to constitute an unsolved problem (15.10) - Aristotle subdivides two-sided possibility. In the first passage he speaks of a possibility in the sense of 'in most cases' (&$ £7il to 7U>Xu) and of another besides (15.11); in the second passage he distinguishes between a 'natural' (to TC(pi)XO£ \jtA^/zvj and an indeterminate (to aopiaTOv) or 'contingent' (to arco t's/y^ possibility which, so he says, is no concern of science. Both passages are probably interpolations. B. STRUCTURE OF MODAL SENTENCES The normal use of 'possible' in the sense of two-sided possibility is a distinguishing characteristic of Aristotle's modal logic. Another, of no less importance, is his view of the structure of modal sentences. He only gives explicit expression to this view in one place, but it lies at the base of the whole modal syllogistic and exercises a most remarkable influence. 15.13 The expression 'it is possible for this to belong to that' may be understood in two senses: either as 'to the thing to which that belongs' or as 'to the thing to which that can belong' ; for 'to that of which B (is predicated) A can (belong)' means one of the two: 'to that of which B is predicated' or 'to that of which (B as) possibly (belonging) is predicated'. This contains two points: First a sentence of the form 'A belongs to B' is paraphrased by the formula 'to that to which B belongs (of which B is predicated) A also belongs' : implying a very subtle analysis of the sentence, reminiscent of the modern formal implication, which we find else- where in the Analytics (cf. 14.24). Secondly it can be gathered from this text that the modal functor does not determine the sentence as a whole, but part of it. So that 83 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC for Aristotle a modal sentence is not to be conceived in such a sense as : 'It is possible that: A belongs to B\ The modal functor does not precede the whole sentence but one of its arguments. This distinction quickly becomes still clearer, for the distinction is three times made between two possible cases: 1. to that to which B belongs, A also can belong, 2. to that to which B can belong, A also can belong. In the first case the modal functor determines only the consequent, in the second case it determines the antecedent too. This analysis is not expressly extended to necessity, but that extension must be supposed : for otherwise many syllogisms would be invalid. C. NEGATION AND CONVERSION In the Hermeneia Aristotle establishes a 'logical' square for senten- ces with modal functors, in which the two expressions for 'possible' (Suvoctov and evSe^ofjisvov) mean one-sided possibility. This square can be compressed into the following scheme, in which all expressions in any one row are equivalent: possible not impossible not necessary not not possible impossible necessary not possible not not impossible not not necessary not possible not impossible not necessary (15.14) More complicated is the doctrine of the negation of sentences containing the functor of two-sided possibility. Since this has been defined by a conjunction of two sentences, Aristotle rightly deduces, on the basis of the so-called de Morgan law (not to be found in him) : 15.15 If anyone then should claim that because it is not possible for C to belong to all D, it necessarily does not belong to some D, he would make a false assumption: for it does belong to all D, but because in some cases it belongs neces- sarily, therefore we say that it is not possible for it to belong to all. Hence both the propositions lA necessarily belongs to some B' and 'A necessarily does not belong to some B: are opposed to the proposition lA may belong to all B\ The passage is not quite clear; but the author's intention can be formulated : 15.151 p is not possible, if and only if, one of the two, p and not-p, is necessary. From this it results that the negation of such a sentence issues as an alternation, such as is in no case permissible as a premiss in an Aristotelian syllogism. This prevents Aristotle from using reduction to the impossible in certain cases. 84 ARISTOTLE Another result which Aristotle subtly deduces from his supposi- tions is his doctrine of the equivalence of affirmative and negative sentences when they contain the functor under consideration : 15.16 It results that all premisses in the mode of possibility are convertible into one another. I mean not that the affirma- tive are convertible into the negative, but that those which are affirmative in form admit of conversion by opposition, e.g. 'it is possible to belong' may be converted into 'it is possible not to belong'; 'it is possible to belong to all' into 'it is possible to belong to none' and 'not to all'; 'it is possible to belong to some' into 'to some it is possible not to belong'. And similarly in other cases. Take the three modal sentences: (a) 'A possibly belongs to B\ (b) 'A does not possibly belong to B\ (c) lA possibly does not belong to B\ (b) is the proper denial of (a), (c) is no denial of (a) but it is 'negative in form'. Then it is stated that sentences such as (a) imply those such as (c), and are even equivalent to them. So we have following laws : 15.161 p is possible if and only if p is not possible. 15.162 It is possible that A belongs to all B, if and only if, it is possible that A belongs to no B. 15.163 It is possible that A belongs to some B, if and only if, it is possible that to some B A does not belong. Law^ analogous to those for ordinary conversion (14.10) hold for sentences containing the functors of necessity and one-sided possibility (15.17), just parallel to the corresponding laws in asser- toric logic (15.18). By contrast, the laws of conversion for sentences with the two- sided functor are different: the universal negative cannot be con- verted (15.19), but the particular negative can (15.20). The affir- mative sentences are converted like assertoric ones (15.21). D. SYLLOGISMS On this basis and with the aid of the same procedures developed for the assertoric syllogistic, Aristotle now builds the vast structure of his system of syllogisms with modal premisses. Vast it is even in the number of formulae explicitly considered, they are not fewer than one hundred and thirty seven. But it appears much vaster - in spite of many points where it is incomplete - in view of the subtlety 85 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC with which the original master-logician operates in so difficult a field. De modalibus non gustabit asinus was a medieval proverb; but one does not need to be a donkey to get lost in this maze of abstract laws: Theophrastus quite misunderstood the system, and nearly all the moderns, until 1934. The syllogisms which it comprises can be arranged in eight groups. If we write 'A7' for a premiss with the functor 'necessary', 'Af for one with the functor 'possible' and 'A' for an assertoric premiss (that is, one which predicates mere belonging to), these groups can be shown as follows: Group 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 Major premiss N N A M M A M N Minor premiss N A N M A M N M An.Pr.A, chap. 8 9-11 9-11 14/17/20 15/18/21 16/19/22 A striking characteristic of this syllogistic is that in very many syllogisms the conclusion (contrary to 14.28) has a stronger modality than the premisses, necessity being reckoned as stronger that mere belonging to and this as stronger than possibility. 15.22 It happens sometimes also that when one premiss is necessary the conclusion is necessary, not however, wThen either premiss is necessary, but only when the major is, e.g. if A is taken as necessarily belonging or not belonging to B, but B is taken as simply belonging to C: for if the premisses are taken in this way, A will necessarily belong or not belong to C. For since A necessarily belongs, or does not belong, to every B, and since C is one of the J5s, it is clear that for C also the positive or the negative relation to A will hold necessarily. And of course that is the case, if one presupposes the structure of the modal sentences as given above. For then the syllogism here described (an analogue of Barbara) will be interpreted as follows: If to all to which B belongs, A necessarily belongs, and to that to which C belongs, B belongs, then to all to which C belongs, A necessarily belongs, which is clearly correct. Hence it is quite wrong to extend the validity of the principle 'the conclusion follows the weaker premiss' (cf. 14.28 and 17.17) to Aristotle's modal syllogistic. Another striking fact is that there are numerous valid modal syllogisms whose analogues in the assertoric syllogistic are invalid, as for instance those two negative premisses (in opposition to 14.25) ; this is especially the case when the modal syllogism has a premiss with the functor of possibility where the assertoric analogue has an affirmative. For, as has been said, affirmative and negative 86 ARISTOTLE possible premisses are equivalent and can replace one another. We take as an example a passage where Aristotle, after giving an analogue of Barbara, in the fourth group, to which he refers by such phrases as 'previously', 'the same syllogism', 'as before', then proceeds: 15.23 Whenever A may belong to all B, and B may belong to no 67, then indeed no syllogism results from the premisses assumed, but if the premiss BC is converted after the manner of problematic propositions, the same syllogism results as before. For since it is possible that B should belong to no C, it is possible also that it should belong to all C. This has been stated above. Consequently if B is possible for all C, and A is possible for all B, the same syllogism again results. Similarly if in both the premisses the negative is joined with 'it is possible': e.g. if A may belong to none of the Bs, and B to none of the Cs. No syllogism results from the assumed premis- ses, but if they are converted we shall have the same syllogism as before. This syllogistic is, like the assertoric, axiomatized. There serve as axioms the syllogisms of the first figure in all groups, except the sixth and eighth, together with the laws of conversion and, when assertoric premisses occur, principles of the assertoric syllogistic. The other syllogisms are reduced to those axioms, mostly by conversion of premisses (direct procedure). Reduction to the impossible serves to prove syllogisms of the first figure in the eighth group and the analogue of Bocardo in the fifth. The analogues of Baroco and Bocardo in the first group are proved only by ecthesis, while the same analogues in the second and third groups remain unproved, though it should not be hard to prove them. The hardest problem for Aristotle are the syllogisms of the sixth group. The first figure ones among them rightly do not rank as intuitively evident; e.g. the analogue of Barbara would be: If to all to which B belongs A belongs, and to all to which C belongs, B may belong, then to all to which C belongs, A belongs. For this to be evident one would have to see the Tightness of the sentence 'To all to which B may belong, B belongs' ; but according to the definition of possibility, that is false. The details of Aristotle's complicated attempts to validate this syllogism are matter of conjecture and dispute, but the fact that he has to replace the problematic minor premiss with an assertoric one is a sufficient indication of its essential weakness (15.24). However, the passage which contains this 'proof is one of the few where Aristotle rises to 87 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC the use of propositional variables, and for that reason remains of the greatest logical interest (15.25). This abortive proof is moreover not the only inconsistency in the Aristotelian modal logic. There are for instance essential difficulties in connection with the conversion of premisses with the functor of necessity, and consequently in the proving of many syllogisms which contain such premisses. In general one gets the impression that this modal logic, by contrast to the assertoric syllogistic, is still only in a preliminary and incomplete stage of development. 16. NON-ANALYTIC LAWS AND RULES For those reasons there is no possible doubt that the theory of what Aristotle would have called 'analytic' syllogisms is his chief ac- complishment in the field of formal logic. And so great an accomplish- ment is it from the historical and systematic points of view, that later, 'classical' logicians have mostly overlooked all else in his work. Yet the Organon contains a profusion of laws and rules of other kinds. Aristotle himself recognized some of them as autono- mous formulae, irreducible to his syllogistic. In other words: he saw that a 'reduction' of these laws and rules to the syllogistic is impossible - a thing which all too many after him did not see. From the historical standpoint these formulae are to be divided into three classes : first we have the formulae which are to be attri- buted to a period in which Aristotle had not yet discovered his analytic syllogisms. These are to be found in the Topics (and in the Rhetoric). Some of them were later re-edited with the help of vari- ables, and recognized as valid also in the period of the Analytics. Secondly there are the formulae which Aristotle indeed considered but mistakenly, as analytic, the syllogismi obliqui as they were later called. Finally, in reviewing the completed system of his syllogistic he discovered the 'hypothetical' procedure and in some cases attained to full consciousness of propositional formulae. But all these formulae are contained only in asides, and were never systematically developed as was the syllogistic. Furthermore, Aristotle thought, quite rightly in view of his methodological standpoint, that only the analytic formulae were genuinely 'scienti- fic', i.e. usable in demonstration. We give first the passages which, as it seems, introduce us to Aristotle's last thoughts on this question, then the actual non- analytic formulae divided into five classes: those belonging to the logic of classes, to the theory of identity, to the 'hypothetical' syllogistic, to the theory of relations, and to propositional logic. 88 ARISTOTLE A. TWO KINDS OF INFERENCE 16.01 In some arguments it is easy to see what is wanting, but some escape us, and appear to be syllogisms, because something necessary results from what has been laid down, e.g. if the assumptions were made that substance is not annihilated by the annihilation of what is not substance, and that if the elements out of which a thing is made are annihi- lated, then that which is made out of them is destroyed : these propositions being laid down, it is necessary that any part of substance is substance; this has not, however, been drawn by syllogism from the propositions assumed, but premisses are wanting. Again if it is necessary that animal should exist, if man does, and that substance should exist if man does: but as yet the conclusion has not been drawn syllo- gistically: for the premisses are not in the shape we required. We are deceived in such cases because something necessary results from what is assumed, since the syllogism also is necessary. But that which is necessary is wider than the syllogism : for every syllogism is necessary, but not every- thing which is necessary is a syllogism. We must pass over the first example, about parts of substance, as its elucidation would take up too much space. But the second is clear; it concerns a law, not of propositional, but of predicate logic: 16.011 If, when x is A then it is B, and when x is B then it is C, then, when x is A then it is C. This is a correct logical formula, and Aristotle is quite right in saying that it permits necessary inference. Hence he also realized that it falls under his definition of syllogism (10.05). But he refuses to admit it as syllogism. That means that his conception of syllo- gism had developed between the time when he penned the definition and that when he penned this passage. The definition applies to all correct logical formulae (and substitutions in them), but only a sub-class retains the name 'syllogism'. We know what this sub-class is that of the 'analytic' syllogisms. All other formulae may indeed be logically necessary, but are not genuine syllogisms. This distinction is not merely a matter of terminology. That becomes evident in the passages where Aristotle deals with the 'hypothetical' syllogisms. 16.02 We must not try to reduce hypothetical syllogisms; for with the given premisses it is not possible to reduce them. For they have not been proved by syllogism, but assented to 89 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC by agreement. For instance if a man should suppose that unless there is one faculty of contraries, there cannot be one science, and should then argue that there is no* (one) faculty of contraries, e.g. of what is healthy and what is sickly: for the same thing will then be at the same time healthy and sickly. He has shown that there is not one faculty of all contraries, but he has not proved that there is not a science. And yet one must agree. But the agreement does not come from a syllogism, but from an hypothesis. This argument cannot be reduced : but the proof that there is not a single faculty can. Evidently a substitution is there being made in the law: If (1) when not p then not q, and (2) not p, then (3) not q. (2) is proved by an analytic syllogism, but as (1) is merely supposed and not proved, the conclusion (3) also counts as not proved. That may be so, but Aristotle has not noticed that the assumed formula is no mere supposition but a correct logical law. The matter is still worse in the next text, an immediate continuation of the last: 16.03 The same holds good of arguments which are brought to a conclusion per impossibile. These cannot be analyzed either; but the reduction to what is impossible can be analyzed since it is proved by syllogism, though the rest of the argument cannot, because the conclusion is reached from an hypothesis. But these differ from previous arguments : for in the former a preliminary agreement must be reached if one is to accept the conclusion; e.g. an agreement that if there is proved to be one faculty of contraries, then contraries fall under the same science; whereas in the latter, even if no preliminary agreement has been made, men still accept the reasoning, because the falsity is patent, e.g. the falsity of what follows from the assumption that the diagonal is commensurate, viz. that then odd numbers are equal to evens. So in reduction to the impossible too, Aristotle regards the inference as not 'demonstrated', though he has to recognize that no agreement needs to be presupposed to warrant inference. One could express this doctrine as follows: the class of correct formulae contains two sub-classes : that of the 'better' and that of the 'less good' in relation to 'scientific demonstration'. The less good * Reading uia with the manuscript tradition A2B2C2T, against the (better) tradition ABCnAl, Waitz and Ross. For raccra, read by the latter, would mean a logical mistake in Aristotle which seems to me unlikely in this connection. For the critical apparatus vid. Ross ad loc. 90 ARISTOTLE are precisely our non-analytic formulae, for which we have chosen this name because according to Aristotle they are not reducible to the classical syllogistic, 'not analyzable into the figures'. (In this lie is evidently right, by contrast to a certain tradition.) That does not mean that these formulae are worthless for him; on the contrary he views them with a lively interest. 16.04 These points will be made clearer by the sequel, when we discuss the reduction to impossibility. ... In the other hypothetical syllogisms, I mean those which proceed by substitution, or positing a certain quality, the inquiry will be directed to the terms of the problem to be proved - not the terms of the original problem, but the new terms introduced; and the method of the inquiry will be the same as before. But we must consider and determine in how many ways hypothetical syllogisms are possible. 16.05 Many other arguments are brought to a conclusion by the help of an hypothesis; these we ought to consider and mark out clearly. We shall describe in the sequel differences, and the various ways in which hypothetical arguments are formed: but at present this much must be clear, that it is not possible to resolve such arguments into the figures. And we have explained the reason. On that Alexander of Aphrodisias remarks: 16.06 He says that many others (syllogisms) besides are formed from hypotheses, and promises to treat thoroughly of them later. But no writing of his on this subject is extant. B. LAWS OF CLASS- AND PREDICATE-LOGIC 16.07 If man (is) an animal, what is not-animal is not man. 16.08 If the pleasant (is) good, the not-good (is) not pleasant. Notice that quantifiers are here lacking: so it is not a question of contraposition in the ordinary sense of the word. Aristotle was well aware that conversion of such sentences is invalid : 16.09 For animal follows on man, but not-animal does not (follow) on not-man; the reverse is the case. Here there belong perhaps some rules which otherwise interpreted could be counted in with those of the 'logical square' : 91 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 16.10 When we have shown that a predicate belongs in every case, we shall also have shown that it belongs in some cases. Likewise, also, if we show that it does not belong in any case, we shall also have shown that it does not belong in every case. It is to be noted here that these formulae are not laws but, as is mostly the case in the Topics, rules. A series of similar laws is concerned with contrariety (in the sense of the earlier notion: 12.02): 16.11 Health follows upon vigour, but disease does not follow upon debility; rather debility follows upon disease. 16.12 Public opinion grants alike the claim that if all pleasure be good, then also all pain is evil, and the claim that if some pleasure be good, then also some pain is evil. More- over, if some- form of sensation be not a capacity, then also some form of failure of sensation is not a failure of capa- city. . . . Again, if what is unjust be in some cases good, then also what is just is in some cases evil; and if what happens justly is in some cases evil, then also what happens unjustly is in some cases good. It may be doubted whether Aristotle continued to recognize these laws as valid. But they are not without historical and even syste- matic interest. C. THEORY OF IDENTITY As already noted (11.11) Aristotle distinguishes three kinds of identity. Concerning the first, numerical identity, he developed the outline of a theory; its discovery is often falsely attributed to Leibniz. 16.13 Again, look and see if, supposing the one to be the same as something, the other also is the same as it: for if they be not both the same as the same thing, clearly neither are they the same as one another. Moreover, examine them in the light of their accidents or of the things of which they are accidents: for any accident belonging to the one must belong also to the other, and if the one belongs to anything as an accident, so must the other also. If in any of these respects there is a discrepancy, clearly they are not the same. We have here in very compressed form a rather highly developed doctrine of identity; indeed this text contains a greater number of 92 ARISTOTLE fundamental laws of identity than the corresponding chapter of Principia Malhemalica (*13), and moreover Aristotle was the first to call to mind identity, in the passage mentioned above (\2AHt. The laws here sketched, can be formulated as follows with the help of variables: 16.131 If B is identical with A, and C is not identical with A, then B and C are not identical. 16.132 If A and B are identical, then (for all C): if Cbelongs to A, then it belongs also to B. 16.133 If A and B are identical, then (for all C) : if A belongs to C, then it belongs also to B. 16.134 If there is a C which belongs to A but not to B, then A and B are not identical. 16.135 If there is a C to which A belongs but B does not, then A and B are not identical. Admittedly the last two laws are only hinted at. In another passage we find : 16.14 For only to things that are indistinguishable and one in essence is it generally agreed that all the same attributes belong. This is almost the Leibnizian principium indiscernibilium in so many words, originating as we see with Aristotle. It is remarkable that we do not find the simple principle : 16.141 If A is identical with B, and B with C, then A is identical with C. D. SYLLOGISMS FROM HYPOTHESES Aristotle did not know the expression 'hypothetical syllogism', but he often speaks of syllogisms from hypotheses (si* \)~o$£gz(x>c,) . We have shown above (in the commentary on citations 16.02 and 16.03) that in general these need not be hypotheses; usually it is a matter only of logical laws or rules, similar to syllogisms in certain respects but not reducible to them. We have already seen some examples of such formulae. Here are some more which Aristotle would probably class with them. 16.15 The refutation which depends upon the consequent arises because people suppose that the relation of consequence is convertible. For whenever, if this is, that necessarily is, they suppose that also when that is, this is. 93 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 16.16 When two things are so related to one another, that if the one is, the other necessarily is, then if the latter is not, the former will not be either, but if the latter is, it is not necessary that the former should be. 16.17 If this follows that, it is claimed that the opposite of this will follow the opposite of that. . . . But that is not so; for the sequence is vice versa. 16.18 In regard to subjects which must have one and one only of two predicates, as (e.g.) a man must have either disease or health, supposing we are well supplied as regards the one for arguing its presence or absence, we shall be well equipped as regards the remaining one as well. This rule is convertible for both purposes : for when we have shown that the one attribute belongs, we shall have shown that the remaining one does not belong; while if we show that the one does not belong, we shall have shown that the remaining one does belong. We have there, evidently, the exclusive alternative (negation of equivalence). 16.19 In general whenever A and B are such that they cannot belong at the same time to the same thing, and one of the two necessarily belongs to everything, and again C and D are related in the same way, and A follows C but the relation cannot be reversed, then D must follow B and the relation cannot be reversed. And A and D may belong to the same thing, but B and C cannot. First it is clear from the following consideration that D follows B. For since either C or D necessarily belongs to everything; and since C cannot belong to that to which B belongs, because it carries A along with it and A and B cannot belong to the same thing; it is clear that D must follow B. Again since C does not reciprocate with A, but C or D belongs to everything, it is possible that A and D should belong to the same thing. But B and C cannot belong to the same thing, because A follows C; and so some- thing impossible results. It is clear then that B does not reciprocate with D either, since it is possible that D and A should belong at the same time to the same thing. This text is one of the peaks of Aristotelian logic: the founder of our science conducts himself with the same sureness and freedom as in the best parts of his syllogistic, though here dealing with a new 94 ARISTOTLE field, that of non-analytic formulae. The run of this text can be formulated thus: (1) For all X: A or B (and not both) belongs to X, and (2) for all X: C or D (and not both) belongs to X, and (3) for all X: if C belongs to X, then it belongs also to A. From these hypotheses there follows on the one hand : (4) for all X: if B belongs to X, then it belongs also to D, and on the other: (5) for all X: not both B and C belong to X. These consequences are quite correct. The thing to notice is that there are three different binary propositional functors ('or', 'and', 'if... then'). In his proof Aristotle uses, among others, the following three laws, apparently with full consciousness: 16.191 For all X: if not both A and B belong to X, and B belongs to X, then A does not belong to it. 16.192 For all X : if, when A belongs to X B also belongs to X, but B does not belong to X, then A also does not belong toX 16.193 For all X: if either A or B belongs to X, and A does not belong to it, then B does belong to it. E. LAWS OF THE LOGIC OF RELATIONS 16.20 If knowledge be a conceiving, then also the object of knowledge is an object of conception. 16.21 If the object of conception is in some cases an object of knowledge, then also some form of conceiving is knowledge. 16.22 If pleasure is good, then too a greater pleasure is a greater good ; and if injustice is bad, then too a greater injustice is a greater evil. In this connection the following piece of history deserves to go on record. De Morgan stated that the whole Aristotelian logic was unable to prove that if the horse is an animal, then the head of the horse is head of an animal. The reproach is evidently unjustified, since the law stated in 16.20 is just what is needed for this proof. Further, Whitehead and Russell (16.23) remark that the supposed lack of this law is really a good point abou£ Aristotelian logic, since it is invalid without an additional existential postulate. This may be right in relation to De Morgan's problem, i.e. if he understood 'horse' as an individual name; but the law in which 16.20 is a substitution is correct - since it concerns not an individual but a class name ('knowledge'). 95 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC Aristotle gives three further laws of the logic of relations in the chapter about those syllogisms which later came to be called 'obliqui' : 16.24 That the first term belongs to the middle, and the middle to the extreme, must not be understood in the sense that they can always be predicated of one another. . . . But we must suppose the verb 'to belong' to have as many meanings as the senses in which the verb 'to be' is used, and in which the assertion that a thing 'is' may be said to be true. Take for example the statement that there is a single science of contraries. Let A stand for 'there being a single science', and B for things which are contrary to one another. Then A belongs to jB, not in the sense that contraries are the fact of there being a single science of them, but in the sense that it is true to say of the contraries that there is a single science of them. 16.25 It happens sometimes that the first term is stated of the middle, but the middle is not stated of the third term, e.g. if wisdom is knowledge, and wisdom is of the good, the con- clusion is that there is knowledge of the good. The good then is not knowledge, though wisdom is knowledge. 16.26 Sometimes the middle term is stated of the third, but the first is not stated of the middle, e.g. if there is a science of everything that has a quality, or is a contrary, and the good both is a contrary and has a quality, the conclusion is that there is a science of the good, but the good is not science, nor is that which has a quality or is a contrary, though the good is both of these. 16.27 Sometimes neither the first term is stated of the middle, nor the middle of the third, while the first is sometimes stated of the third, and sometimes not: e.g. if there is a genus of that of which there is a science, and if there is a science of the good, we conclude that there is a genus of the good. But nothing is (there) predicated of anything. And if that of which there is a science is a genus, and if there is a science of the good, we conclude that the good is a genus. The first term then is predicated of the extreme, but in the premisses one thing is not stated of another. We have here four more relational laws ; of greater importance is the introductory remark that the so-called 'copula' need not be 'is' but can be replaced by some other relation. A further interesting fact is 96 ARISTOTLE that Aristotle presupposes inter alia the following law from the logic of classes (in 16.26): 16.261 For all x: if x is A and /J, then x is A or B. The introductory remark admittedly only reveals an intuition that is undeveloped. Nor did Aristotle link it up with his own pene- trating thesis of the manifold structure of the sentence according to the diversity of the categories (11.15), so rising to a higher syste- matic unity. Nevertheless the text cited does contain the beginnings of a logic of relations. Finally we can collect from at least six places in the Topics a group of rules, totalling eighteen altogether, which perhaps are to be interpreted as belonging to the logic of relations. We give three of them, again concerned with 'more' : 16.28 Moreover, argue from greater and less degrees. In regard to greater degrees there are four commonplace rules. One is : See whether a greater degree of the predicate follows a greater degree of the subject: e.g. if pleasure be good, see whether also a greater pleasure be a greater good. . . . Another rule is: If one predicate be attributed to two subjects; then supposing it does not belong to the subject to which it is the more likely to belong, neither does it belong where it is less likely to belong; while if it does belong where it is less likely to belong, then it belongs as well where it is more likely. . . . Moreover: If two predicates be attributed to two subjects, then if the one which is more usually thought to belong to the one subject does not belong, neither does the remaining predicate belong to the remaining subject; or. if the one which is less usually thought to belong to the one subject does be- long, so too does the remaining predicate to the remaining subject. F. PROPOSITIONAL RULES AND LAWS Finally we find in Aristotle four formulae belonging to the most abstract part of logic, namely, propositional logic. Two of them even contain propositional variables: 16.29 If when A is, B must be, (then) when B is not. A cannot be. That these are propositional variables, Aristotle says expressly: 16.30 A is posited as one thing, being two premisses taken together. 97 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 16.31 If, when A is, B must be, (then) also when A is possible, B must be possible. It is to be noted that these propositional variables permit sub- stitution only of quite determinate expressions, namely conjunctions of premisses suitable for an analytic syllogism. 16.32 From true premisses it is not possible to draw a false conclusion, but a true conclusion may follow from false premisses, true, however, only in respect to the fact, not to the reason. That is not yet the scholastic principle ex falso sequitur quodlibel, but only the assertion that one can form syllogisms in which one or both premisses are false, the conclusion true. 16.33 If the conclusion is false, the premisses of the argument (Xoyo?) must be false, either all or some of them. This rule underlies the indirect proof of syllogisms (cf. 14.201-202). Note that it is a rule, not a law, and formulated quite generally, without being limited to two premisses. SUMMARY Reviewing the logical doctrines of Aristotle as presented, we can state : 1 . Aristotle created formal logic. For the first time in history we find in him: (a) a clear idea of universally valid logic law, though he never gave a definition of it, (b) the use of variables, (c) sentential forms which besides variables contain only logical constants. 2. Aristotle constructed the first system of formal logic that we know. This consists exclusively of logical laws, and was developed axiomatically, even in more than one way. 3. Aristotle's masterpiece in formal logic is his syllogistic. This is a system of term-logic consisting of laws, not rules. In spite of certain weaknesses it constitutes a faultlessly constructed system. 4. Besides the syllogistic, Aristotle constructed other portions of term-logic, including an extremely complex modal logic, as well as a number of laws and rules which overstep the bounds of the syllo- gistic. 5. At the end of his life Aristotle, in a few texts, succeeded in formulating even propositional formulae; but these, like the non- analytic formulae of term-logic, he did not develop systematically. 6. Aristotelian logic, though formal, is not formalislic. It is lacking also in understanding of the difference between rules and laws, and the semantics remain rudimentary, in spite of the many works which Aristotle devoted to the subject. 98 THEOPHRASTUS It is no exaggeration to say that nothing comparable h;j.s been seen in the whole history of formal logic. Not only is Aristotle's logic, according to all our information, a completely new creation, but it has been brought even by him to a high degree of completeness. Since moreover Aristotle's most important writings - most impor- tant because they were the only complete logical works - survived the cultural catastrophe of Greece, it is no wonder that the huge body of doctrine they contain should have continued to fascinate nearly all logicians for more than two thousand years, and that the whole history of logic has developed along the lines traced out in advance by Aristotle's thought. That has not been harmless for the development of our science. Even in antiquity there was a school of logicians which introduced a new set of problems different from those posed by the logic of Ari- stotle. We have only fragments of their work, and the authority of the founder of logic was so great that the achievements of this school were not at all understood during the long period from the time of the Renaissance up to and including the nineteenth century. We must now concern ourselves with them, but first a brief word must be said about Aristotle's first disciple, Theophrastus. §17. THEOPHRASTUS Theophrastus of Eresos, Aristotle's chief disciple and leader of the Peripatetic school after the founder's death, has, in company with his less significant colleague Eudemus, an important place in the history of logic, and that in three respects. First, he developed various of his master's doctrines in such a way as to prepare the ground for the later 'classical' logic; secondly, he set his own quite different system in opposition to the Aristotelian modal iogic; thirdly, he developed a doctrine of hypothetical arguments which was a pre- paration for Megarian-Stoic logic. His very numerous works (17.01) have all perished save for some one hundred fragments. These, however, are enough to tell us that he commented on the most important of Aristotle's logical works ( 1 7.02 1 , and they give us some insight into his own logical thought. A. DEVELOPMENT AND ALTERATION OF VARIOUS DOCTRINES 17.03 Speech having a twofold relation - as the philoso- pher Theophrastus has shown - one to the hearers, to whom it signifies something, the other to the things about which it informs the hearers, there arise in respect of the relation to the hearers poetics and rhetoric, ... in respect of that to the things, 99 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC it will be primarily the philosopher's business, as he refutes falsehood and demonstrates truth. We can see that this is a new semiotic, with stress on what is now called the 'pragmatic' dimension of signs. 17.04 Theophrastus rightly calls the singular sentence determined, the particular undetermined. 17.05 Alexander opines that 'not belonging to all' and 'to some not belonging' differ only in the expression, whereas Theophrastus's view is that they differ also in meaning: for 'not belonging to all' shows that (something) belongs to several, 'to some not belonging' that (not belonging) to one. A more important thought is the following: 17.06 Consequently Theophrastus says that in some cases, if the determination (of quantity) TupoaSiopLCT^o^) does not also stand with the predicate, opposites, contradictories, will be true, e.g. he says that 'Phanias possesses knowledge', 'Phanias does not possess knowledge', can both be true. This is not a matter, as Theophrastus mistakenly supposed, of quantification of the predicate, which Aristotle had rejected (12.03), but of a quantification of both parts of a subject when there is a two-place functor (cf. 44.22 ff.). This structure was only later treated in detail (cf. 28.15 ff., 42.06, 42.22). We have here the first beginnings of it. 17.07 In those premisses which potentially contain three terms, viz. those . . . which Theophrastus called xa-ra 7rpocrAY)tJnv (for these have three terms in a sense; since in (the premiss) 'to all of that to all of which B belongs, A also belongs' in the two terms A and B which are explicit there is somehow comprised the third of which B is predicated . . .): (these premisses) . . . seem to differ from categorical ones only in expression, as Theophrastus showed in his On Affirmation. 17.08 But Theophrastus in On Affirmation treats 'to that to which B (belongs, there belongs also) A' as equivalent (feov Suva(X£V7]v) to 'to all of that to all of which B belongs, A (also belongs) (cf. 14.24). 17.09 But Theophrastus and Eudemus have given a simpler proof that universal negative premisses can be con- verted. . . . They conduct the proof so: A belongs to no B. If it belongs to none, A must be disjoined (dbus^suxToci) and 100 THEOPHRASTUS separated (xs/wptdTat) from B. But what is disjoined is disjoined from something disjoined. Therefore B too is quite disjoined from A. And if this is so, it belongs to no A. This shows that Theophrastus takes a purely extensional view of the terms (cf. §36, E) - so much so that one is led by this text (as by 17.13) to think of a diagrammatic scheme such as Leibniz used (36.14). 17.10 To these four (Aristotelian syllogisms of the first figure) Theophrastus added five others, which are neither perfect nor indemonstrable. We no longer have the relevant text. Alexander's explanations (17.11) show that these are the five: 17.111 If A belongs to all B and B to all C, then too C belongs to some A (Baralipton). 17.112 If A belongs to no B, and B to all C, then too C belongs to no A (Celanles). 17.1 13 If A b longs to all B and B to some C, then too C be- longs to some A (Dabitis). 17.114 If A belongs to all C and B to no C, then to some A C does not belong (Fapesmo). 17.115 If A belongs to some B and B to no 67, then too to some A C does not belong (Frisemomorum). These are what were later called the 'indirect' syllogisms of the first figure, deduced by means of the Aristotelian rules (cf. § 13, D). B. MODAL LOGIC All the texts so far quoted contain developments of or - often questionable - improvements on the Aristotelian logic. The Theo- phrastan theory of modal syllogisms, on the other hand, is an entirely new system, set in fundamental oppositions, as it appears, to that of Aristotle. 17.12 Hence Aristotle says that universal negative possible premisses are not convertible. But Theophrastus says that these too, like the other negatives, can be converted. 17.13 But Theophrastus and Eudemus, as we have already- explained at the beginning, say that universal negative (possible premisses) can be converted, like universal negative assertoric and necessary ones. Their convertibility they prove 101 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC thus: if A possibly does not belong to all B, B also possibly does not (belong) to all A; for if A possibly does not belong to all B . . ., then A can be disjoined from all B; but if this is so, B also can be disjoined from A; and in that case B also possibly does not belong to all A. 17.14 It is (according to Aristotle) a property of the possible to convert, i.e. the affirmations and negations con- cerning it follow on each other . . . but it should be known that this conversion of premisses is not valid in the school of Theophrastus, and they do not use it. For there is the same reason (1) for saying that the universal negative possible (premiss) is convertible, like the assertoric and necessary, and (2) (for saying) that affirmative possibles are not convertible into negatives. In brief: according to Theophrastus all laws of conversion for problematic sentences are exactly analogous to those for assertoric sentences; and the 'reason' of which Alexander speaks, can only be, so it would seem, that the modal doctrine of Theophrastus is based on one-sided possibility, while Aristotle's is based on two-sided. Similarly the second fundamental thesis of the Aristotelian system is also rejected: for Theophrastus the functor of modality must be thought of as determining the whole sentence, not just one or both of its arguments, i.e. it must be thought of as standing at the beginning of the sentence (cf. commentary on 15.13). 17.15 But his companions who are with Theophrastus and Eudemus, deny this, and say that all formulae consisting of a necessary and an assertoric premiss, so constituted as to be suitable for syllogistic inference, yield an assertoric conclusion. They take that from the (principle according to which) in all (syllogistic) combinations the conclusion is similar to the last and weaker premiss. 17.16 But Theophrastus, (in order to prove) that in this combination (auprXox?)) the conclusion yielded is not necessary, proceeds thus: Tor if B necessarily (belongs) to C and A does not necessarily belong to B, if one disjoins the not necessary, evidently, as B is disjoined (from A), C too will be disjoined from A : hence does not necessarily belong to it in virtue of the premisses. 17.17 They prove that this is so by material means (= by substitutions) also. For they take a necessary universal affirmative or negative as major (premiss), an assertoric 102 THEOPHRASTUS universal affirmative as minor, and show that these yield an assertoric conclusion. Suppose that animal (belongs; to all man necessarily, but man belongs (simply) to all in motion : (then) animal will not necessarily belong to all in motion. Now the basis for Aristotle's permitting the drawing of a necessary conclusion from one necessary and one assertoric premiss, was precisely his idea of the structure of modal sentences. Theophrastue certainly does not reject this idea in his extant fragments, and per- haps was not fully aware of it. But in any case all that we have of his modal logic gives evidence of a system presupposing the rejection of the Aristotelian structure of modal sentences. C. HYPOTHETICAL SYLLOGISMS We have no text of Theophrastus that contains anything of his theory of hypothetical propositions. He seems to have treated of them, for he distinguished the meaning of zl and iizzi (17.18). Possibly too it was he who introduced the terminology for these propositions which Galen aseribes to the 'old Peripatetics' (17.19). However, we know that he developed hypothetical syllogisms: 17.20 He (Aristotle) says that many syllogisms are formed on hypotheses. . . . Theophrastus mentions them in his Analytics, as do Eudemus and some others of his companions. According to Philoponus, both of them 'and also the Stoics' wrote 'many-lined' treatises about these syllogisms (17.21). In fact, however, the treatment of only one kind of these syllogisms is expressly attributed to Theophrastus, that namely which consists of 'thoroughly (St' oXcov) hypothetical' syllogisms. 17.22 However, the thoroughly hypotheticals are reduced to the three figures in another way, as Theophrastus has proved in the first book of the Prior Analytics. A thoroughly hypothe- tical syllogism is of this kind: If A, then B; if B, then C; if therefore A, then C. In these the conclusion too is hypotheti- cal; e.g. if man is, animal is; if animal is, then substance is: if therefore man is, substance is. Now since in these too there must be a middle term in which the premisses convene (for otherwise here also there cannot be a conclusive link), this middle will be positioned in three ways. For if one premiss ends with it and the other begins with it, there will be the first figure ; it will be in fact as though it was predicated of one extreme, subjected to the other. ... In this way of linking one 103 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC can take also the converse of the conclusion, in such a way that (C) is not the consequent (E7r6[xevov) but the antecedent (y]You(ji£vov), not indeed simply, but with opposition, since when a conclusion 'if A, then C" has been gained, there is gained a conclusion 'if not C, then not A\ If the premisses begin differently and end similarly, the figure will be the second, like the second (in the system) of categorical (syllogisms). . . . e.g. If man, then animal; if stone, then not animal; therefore if man, then not stone. . . . If the premisses begin similarly and end differently, the figure will be like the third . . . e.g. if A, then B ; if not A, then C; it will follow : therefore, if not jB, then C, or, if not 67, then B. The formulae contained in this text are presented in such a way that from them alone it is impossible to tell whether their variables are term- or propositional variables. However, the substitutions show that the former is the case. Hence we have no reason to ascribe any law of propositional logic to Theophrastus. Yet it is most probable that in developing Aristotle's hints about 'syllogisms from hypotheses' he prepared the way for the Megarian-Stoic doctrine. The formulae in the text just cited are worded as rules; but we do not know whether this wording is due to Theophrastus himself, or to Alexander and so mediately to the Stoics. 104 III. THE MEGARIAN-STOIC SCHOOL § 18. HISTORICAL SURVKY A. THINKERS AND SCHOOLS 18.01 Euclid originated from Megara on the Isthmus. . . . He occupied himself with the writings of Parmenides; his pupils and successors were called 'Megarians', also 'Eristics' and later 'Dialecticians'. 18.02 The Milesian Eubulides also belongs among the successors of Euclid; he solved many dialectical subtleties, such as The Liar. 18.03 Eubulides was also hostile to Aristotle and made many objections to him. Among the successors belonged Alexinus of Elis, a most contentious man, whence he gained the name 'Elenxinus' ('Refuter'). 18.04 Among (the pupils) of Eubulides was Apollonius, surnamed Cronus, whose pupil Diodorus, the son of Ameinias of Iasus, was also called Cronus . . .. He too was a dialecti- cian. . . . During his stay with Ptolemy Soter he was challenged by Stilpo to solve some dialectical problems; but as he could not do this immediately . . ., he left the table, wrote a treatise on the problems propounded, and died of despondency. 18.05 Stilpo, from the Greek Megara, studied under some pupils of Euclid; others say that he studied under Euclid himself, and also under Thrasymachus of Corinth, the friend of Icthyas. He surpassed the rest in inventiveness of argument and dialectical art to such an extent that well-nigh all Greece had their eyes on him and was fain to follow the Megarian school. 18.06 He caught in his net Crates and very many more. Among them he captured Zeno the Phoenician. 18.07 Zeno, the son of Mnaseas or Demeas, was born at Citium, a small Greek town on the island of Cyprus, where Phoenicians had settled. 18.08 He was ... a pupil of Crates; some say that he also studied under Stilpo. 18.09 He was assiduous in discussion with the dialectician Philo and studied with him; so that Philo came to be admired by the more youthful Zeno no less than his master Diodorus. 105 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC 18.10 He also spent some time under Diodorus, . . . studying hard at dialectics. 18.11 Kleanthes the son of Phanias was born at Assus . . . joined Zeno . . . and remained true to his teaching. 18.12 Chrysippus the son of Apollonius from Soli or Tarsus . . ., was a pupil of Cleanthes. 18.13 He became so famous as a dialectician, that it was generally said that if the gods were to use dialectic, it would be none other than that of Chrysippus. It was necessary to cite these extracts from the Lives and Opinions of Famous Philosophers of Diogenes Laertius, in order to counter a widespread error to the effect that there was a Stoic, but no Megarian logic. From the passages quoted it appears unmistakably that (a) the Megarian school antedated the Stoic, (b) the founders of the Stoa, Zeno and Chrysippus, learned their logic from the Megarians, Diodorus, Stilpo and Philo. And again (c) we know at least three Megarian thinkers of importance in the history of logic - Eubulides, Diodorus, and Philo - while only one can be named from the Stoa, viz. Chrysippus who can lay claim to practically no basically original doctrine, whereas each of the three Megarians conceived a definitely original idea. Admittedly the Megarian school seems to have died out by the close of the 3rd century b.c, whereas the Stoa continued to flourish. Also the adherents of the latter disseminated logic in many excellent handbooks with the result that people, as in Galen's time, spoke only of Stoic logic. The least that can justly be required of us is to speak of a Megarian-Stoic logic. Possibly the basic ideas should be attri- buted to the Megarians, their technical elaboration to the Stoics, but this is mere conjecture. The names and doctrinal influences recorded by Diogenes can be conveniently summarized in the following table : 106 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC Euclid of Megara, pupil of Socrates, founder of the Megarian or 'dialectical' school (ca. 400 b.c.) Alexinus of Elis called 'Elenxinus' Eubulides of Miletus discoverer of The Liar I Icthyas | Thrasymachus friend of Icthyas Apollonius Cronus .1 Diodorus Cronus of Iasus 307 b.c. — Philo of Megara Stilpo of Megara (ca. 320 b.c.) i Zeno of Citium founder of the Stoa ca. 300 b.c. Cleanthes of Assus Chrysippus of Soli 'second founder of the Stoa' 281/78-208/05(7) b.c. B. PROBLEMS OF LITERARY HISTORY The conditions for investigation of the Megarian-Stoic logic are much less favourable than those for that of the logic of Aristotle or even Theophrastus. We have the essential works of Aristotle entire, and in the case of Theophrastus are in possession at least of fragments quoted by competent experts who are not absolutely hostile to the author they cite. But for Megarian-Stoic teaching we have to rely essentially on the refutations of Sextus Empiricus, an inveterate opponent. As B. Mates rightly says, it is as though we had to rely for a knowledge of R. Carnap's logic only on existen- tialist accounts of it. Fortunately Sextus, though no friend to the Stoics, was (in contrast to most existentialists) well acquainted with formal logic, which he opposed from his sceptical point of view. We can moreover control at least some of his reports by means of other texts. But still we have nothing but fragments. We can hardly doubt that the material to hand suffers from many gaps: for instance term-logic is almost completely missing, and it seems hardly likely that it was wholly unconsidered in the Stoa. 107 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC Another problem concerns the interpretation. Even in antiquity Stoic texts were often 'aristotelized', propositional variables taken for term-variables etc. A similar defect characterizes all modern historians of logic, Prantl most of all, who completely mistook the significance of this logic. Peirce was the first to see that it was a propositional logic, and J. Lukasiewicz did a lasting service in giving the correct interpretation. Now there is available a scientific monograph - a rarety in history of logic - by B. Mates. So in the present state of research it can be stated with some certainty that we are again in a position to understand this extremely interesting logic. C. ORIGIN AND NATURE In reading the Megarian-Stoic fragments one's first impression is that here is something different from Aristotelian logic: termino- logy, laws, the very range of problems, all are different. In addition we are confronted with a new technique of logic. The most striking differences are that the Megarian-Stoic logic is firstly not a logic of terms but of propositions, and secondly that it consists exclusively of rules, not of laws - as does the Prior Analytics. The question at once arises, what was the origin of this logic. The answer is complex. First of all one cannot doubt that the Megarians and Stoics, who as we have seen (cf. 18.03) found an only too frequent delight in refutation, had a tendency to do everything differently from Aristotle. Thus for example they introduce quite new expressions even where Aristotle has developed an excellent terminology. Yet it should not be said that their logical thought could have developed uninfluenced by Aristotle. On the contrary, they appear to have developed just those ideas which are last to appear in the Organon. We find, for instance, a more exact formulation of the rules which Aristotle used in axiomatizing the syllogistic, and him- self partially formulated. Nor can it be denied that they developed his theory of 'syllogisms from hypotheses', chiefly on the basis of the preparatory work of Theophrastus. And generally speaking they everywhere show traces of the same spirit as Aristotle's, only in a much sharper form, that spirit being the spirit of formalized logic. And that is not yet all. In many of his non-analytical formulae Aristotle depends directly on pre-Platonic and Platonic discussions, and this dependence is still greater in the case of the Megarian- Stoic thinkers. It often happens that they transmute these discus- sions from the language of term-logic into that of propositional logic, and one can understand how they, rather than Aristotle, came to do this on such a scale. Aristotle always remained at heart a 108 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC pupil of Plato's, looking for essences, and accordingly asking himself the question: 'Does A belong to B?' But the Megarians start from the pre-Platonic question: 'How can the statement p be refuted?' Alexinus was called 'Hefuter', and all these thinkers continued to be fundamentally refuters in their logic. Which means that their basic problems were concerned with complete propositions, whereas Aristotle had his attention fixed on terms. The thorough empiricism too, to which the Stoics gave their allegiance, contributed to this difference. As to details, propositional logic originated with the Megarians and Stoics, the second great contribution made by the Greeks to logic, and just what was almost entirely missing from Aristotelian logic. Then, as already stated, they understood formal treatment in a formalistic way, and laid the foundations of an exact semantics and syntax. Misunderstood for centuries, this logic deserves recogni- tion as a very great achievement of thought. Unfortunately no means is available for us to pursue the historical development of Megarian-Stoic investigations; we can only consider what we find at the end of this development, which seems to have already come with Chrysippus. Within a hundred and fifty years Greek logic rose with unbelievable speed to the very heights of formalism. We now have to view these heights as already attained. Our presentation cannot be historical; it can only proceed systemati- cally. § 19. CONCEPT OF LOGIC. SEMIOTICS. MODALITIES A. LOGIC 19.01 They (the Stoics) say there is a threefold division of philosophical speech: one (part) is the physical, another the ethical, the third the logical. 19.02 They compare philosophy to an animal, the logical part corresponding to the bones and sinews, the ethical to the fleshy parts, the physical to the soul. Or again to an egg, the logical (part) being the outside (=the shell). ... Or again to a fertile field. The fence then corresponds to the logical. 19.03 According to some the logical part is divided into two sciences, rhetoric and dialectic. . . . They explain rhetoric as the science of speaking well . . . and dialectic as the science of right discussion in speech, by question and answer. Hence the following definition: it is the science of the true, the false, and of what is neither of the two. 109 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC That of course does not mean that the Stoics knew of a three- valued logic (cf . 49.08) ; they refer only to sentences (which are true or false) and their parts (which are neither). - The text cited expres- ses the attitude of the Stoics to the problem of the place of logic among the sciences : for them it is quite unmistakably a part of the system. What more is said seems to concern a methodology of discus- sion rather in the manner of the Aristotelian Topics (11.01). But as we know from other fragments, it is only a consequence of the Stoic doctrine of the principal subject-matter of logic which consists in lecia (Xextoc). This important notion requires immediate clarifica- tion. B. LECTA 19.04 The Stoics say that these three are connected: the significate (<yyj[jiaiv6[ji£vov), the sign (<n)(Jiaivov) and the thing (tuyxocvov). The sign is the sound itself, e.g. the (sound) 'Dion', the significate is the entity manifested by (this sign) and which we apprehend as co-existing with our thought, (but) which foreigners do not comprehend, although they hear the sound; the thing is the external existent, e.g. Dion himself. Of these, two are bodies, viz. the sound and the thing, and one imma- terial, viz. the entity signified, the lecton, which (further) is true or false. 19.05 They say that the lecton is what subsists according to a rational presentation (xara cpavTacuav XoyixYjv). 19.06 Some, and above all those of the Stoa, think that truth is distinguished in three ways from what is true, . . . truth is a body, but what is true is immaterial; and this is shown, they say, by the fact that what is true is a proposition (a££<o[i.a), while a proposition is a lecton, and lecia are imma- terial. We have refrained from translating the Greek expression Xsxtov which derives from Xsyeiv and literally means 'what is said', i.e. what one means when one speaks meaningfully. The text last cited, about truth and what is true, is to be specially noted. The former is something psychic, and for the Stoics all such, every thought in particular, is material. But the lecton is not a quality of the mind, or in scholastic terminology a conceptus subjectivus. To use Frege's language it is the sense (Sinn) of an expression, scholastically the conceptus objectivus, what is objectively meant. In the (pseudo-) Aristotelian Categories there is a passage (10.29) about the Xoyo? tou 7rpay(jLaTO^, which corresponds to the Stoic lecton. Only in the Stoa 110 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC the leclon has become the chief subject-matter of logic and indeed the unique subject of formal logic. That certainly jettisons the Aristotelian neutrality of logic arid supposes a definite philosophical standpoint. But the original philosophical intuition involved is to be the more noticed in that very many philosophers and logicians, up to the most recent times, have confused the leclon with psychic images and occurrences (cf. 26.07, 36.08). That the Stoic logic is a science of lecta is made plain by their division : 19.07 Dialectic is divided, they say, into the topic of signiflcates and (the topic) of the sound. That of significates is divided into the topic of conceptions, and that of the lecta which co-exist with them: propositions, independents (lecta), predicates, and so on . . ., arguments and moods and syllogisms, and fallacies other than those arising from the sound and the things. ... A topic proper to dialectic is also that already mentioned about the sound itself. C. SYNTAX 19.08 The elements of speech are the twenty-four letters. But 'letter' can have three meanings: the letter (itself), the (written) sign (^apaxr/jp) of the letter, and its name, e.g. 'alpha'. . . . Utterance (<pcoWj) is distinguished from locution (Xe£is) in that a mere sound is utterance, but only articulated sound is locution. Locution is distinguished from speech in that speech is always meaningful, while what has no meaning can be locution, e.g. 'blityri' - which is not speech. 19.09 There are five parts of speech, as Diogenes, in his (treatise) On Utterance, and Ghrysippus say: proper names (ovofi-a), general names (7rpo<77)Yopia), verbs (pjfxa), connections (ouvSsctu,o?), articles. . . . 19.10 A general name is according to Diogenes a part of speech which signifies a common quality, e.g. 'man', 'horse'. But a proper name is a part of speech which manifests a quality proper to one, e.g. 'Diogenes', 'Socrates'. A verb is according to Diogenes a part of speech, which signifies an incomposite predicate (xaTYjyopYjjjia), or as others (define it), an indeclinable part of speech which signifies something co- ordinated with one or more, eg. 'I write', 'I speak'. A con- junction is an indeclinable part of speech which connects its parts. Ill THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC Accounts of the division of lecla contradict one another, and are obscure. The following scheme composed by B. Mates (19.11) may best correspond to the original Stoic teaching: What is said Xextov incomplete complete zKknzic, auTOTsXli; predicate subject proposition others xaT7]YOp7](jLa titcoctk; a£ia)(j,a 7ttK7[ia But the division of propositions is clearly and fully transmitted. 19.12 A proposition is what is true or false, or a complete entity (Trpayfxa) assertoric by itself, e.g. 'It is day*, 'Dion walks about'. It is called 'axiom' (a£ico[xa) from being approved (a£iouc7&ai) or disapproved. For he who says 'it rs day' seems to admit that it is day; and when it is day, the foregoing axiom is true ; but when it is not (day), false. Different from one another are axiom, question, inquiry, command, oath, wish, exhorta- tion, address, entity similar to an axiom. 19.13 Of axioms, some are simple, some not simple, as is said in the schools of Chrysippus, Archedemus, Athenodorus, Antipater and Crinis. Simple are those which consist of an axiom not repeated (fjrf) Swccpopou^evou), e.g. 'it is day'. Ones not simple are those consisting of a repeated axiom or of more than one axiom. An example of the former is: 'if it is day, it is day' ; of the latter : 'if it is day, it is light' . 19.14 Of simple axioms some are definite (cbpLcjjjiva), others indefinite, others again intermediate (fxicja). Definite are those which are referentially expressed, e.g. 'this man walks about', 'this man sits' : (for they refer to an individual man). Indefinite are those in which an indefinite particle holds the chief place (xupLEuei), e.g. 'someone sits'. Intermediate are those such as: ' a man sits' or 'Socrates walks about'. . . . 19.15 Among axioms not simple is the compound (cjuvyj^fiivov = conditional), as Chrysippus in the Dialectic and Diogenes in the Dialectic AH say, which is compounded by means of the implicative connective 'if ; this connective tells one that the second follows from the first, e.g. 'if it is day, it is light'. An inferential axiom (7rapaauvy)[i.(xevov) is, as Crinis says in the Dialectic Art, one which begins and ends with an axiom and is 112 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC compounded 7capamwJ7CTai) by means of the connective 'since1 (inei), e.g. 'since it is day, it is light'. This connective tells one that the second follows from the first and that the first is the case. Conjunctive (au[jwus7cXeYjjivov) is the axiom compounded by means of a conjunctive connective, e.g. 'it is day and it is light'. Disjunctive (Sis^euytiivov) is the axiom compounded by means of the separative connective 'or', e.g. 'it is day or it is night'. This connective tells one that one of the axioms is false. Causal (amto<k<;) is the axiom compounded by means of the connective 'because', e.g. 'because it is day, it is light'. For it is here to be understood that the first is the cause of the second. An axiom showing what is rather the case is one com- pounded by means of the connective 'rather than' which shows this and stands in the middle of the axiom, e.g. 'it is night rather than day'. Note in these texts that lecla, not words or psychic events are the subject-matter throughout. Hence most translations (those e.g. of Apelt, 19.16, and Hicks) are misleading, since they talk of connective 'words' and 'judgements'. D. DOCTRINE OF CATEGORIES 19.17 The common genus 'what is' has nothing over it. It is the beginning of things and everything is inferior to it. The Stoics wanted to put another, still more principal genus above it. 19.18 To some Stoics 'what' seems to be the prime genus; and I will say why. In nature, they say, some things exist, others do not. Even those which do not exist are contained in nature, those which occur in the soul, like centaurs, giants and anything else which acquires an image when falsely framed in thought, though having no substance. So according to these Stoics there is a summum genus. This is a regression in comparison with Aristotle's subtle anticipation of a theory of types (11.16). 19.19 But the Stoics think that the prime genera are more limited in number (than the Aristotelian). . . . For they introduce a fourfold division into subjects (u7rox£iji.sva), qualia (tcoloc), things that are in a determinate way (ttco; £'x0VTa)> and things that are somehow related to something (r.pbc, ti -co; £XOVTa). 113 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC These four categories are not to be understood as supreme genera (under the 'what'): That is, it is not the case that one being is a subject, another a relation, but all the categories belong to every being, and every category presupposes the preceding ones (19.20). This doctrine has no great significance for logic. E. TRUTH Apart from the distinction already mentioned between what is true and truth (19.06), the Stoics seem to have used the word 'true' in at least five senses. On this Sextus says : 19.21 Some of them have located the true and the false in the significates ( =leda), others in the sound, others again in the operation of the mind. As regards the truth of lecla, a further threefold distinction can be made between: 1. truth of propositions. 2. truth of propositional forms (i.e. what it is that sentential functions refer to). That the Megarians and Stoics attributed truth and falsity to such propositional forms is seen in their teaching about functors (vide infra). 3. truth of arguments (vid. 21.07). Those are all lecla, but Sextus refers to two further kinds of truth: 4. truth of ideas (19.22). 5. truth of sentences. According to all our information the first kind of truth was fundamental, as presupposed in all the others. Thus for instance the Stoics defined the truth of propositional forms by its means, with the help of time-variables; the truth of arguments in terms of the truth of the corresponding conditional propositions; while the truth of ideas and sentences is similarly reducible to that of lecla, accord- ing to what we know of the relation between them. F. MODALITIES Only fragments have come down to us of the very interesting Megarian doctrine of modalities. It seems to be an attempt to reduce necessity and possibility to simple existence by means of time- variables, a proceeding wholly consonant with the empirical stand- point of these thinkers. We give only the two most important passages on the subject: 19.23 'Possible' can also be predicated of what is possible in a 'Diodorean' sense, that is to say of what is or will be. For he 114 MEGAR IAN-STOIC LOGIC (Diodorus) deemed possible only what either is or will be. Since according to him it is possible that I am in Corinth, if I am or ever shall be there; and if I were not going to be there, it would not be possible. And it is possible that a child should be a grammarian, if he will ever be one. To prove this, Diodorus devised the master-argument (xupiefoov). Philo took a similar view. 19.24 The (problem of) the master-argument seem- prob- ably to have originated from the following considerations. As the following three (propositions) are incompatible: (1) Whatever is true about the past is necessary, (2) the impos- sible does not follow from the possible which neither is nor will be true - Diodorus, comparing this incompatibility with the greater plausibility of the first two, inferred that nothing is possible which neither is nor will be true. Unfortunately that is the only really explicit text about the celebrated master-argument of Diodorus. It fails to enable us to survey the whole problem, because we do not know why the three propositions should be incompatible. One thing seems clear: that possibility was defined in the following way : 19.241 p is (now) possible if and only if p is now true or will be true at some future time. From a rather vague text of Boethius (19.25) we further learn that the definitions of the other possibility-functors must be more or less as follows : 19.242 p is (now) impossible if and only if p is not true and never will be true. 19.243 p is (now) necessary if and only if p is true and always will be true. 19.244 p is (now) not necessary if and only if p is not true or will not be true at some future time. §20. PROPOSITIONAL FUNCTORS To the credit of the Megarian-Stoic school are some very subtle researches into the most important propositional functors. The thinkers of the school even succeeded in stating quite correct truth-matrices. 115 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC A. NEGATION 20.01 Negative are said to be only those propositions to which the negative particle is prefixed. This text shows something to which many passages bear witness, that the Stoics constructed their logic not merely formally, but quite formalistically. This was blamed by Apuleius (20.02) and Galen (20.03), who said that the Stoics were only interested in linguistic form. But this reproach - if indeed it is one - cannot be sustained in view of what we know of the subject-matter of Stoic logic; Stoic formalism is concerned with words only as signs of lecta. 20.04 Among simple axioms are the negative (darocpaTLxov), the denying (apv7)Ti.x6v), the privative ((jTepyraxov). . . . An example of the negative is: 'it is not day'. A species of this is the super-negative (u7repoc7rocpaT[.x6v). The super-negative is the negation of the negative, e.g. 'not - it is not day'. This posits 'it is day'. A denying (axiom) is one which consists of a negative particle and a predicate, e.g. 'No-one walks about'. Privative is one which consists of a privative particle and what has the force of an axiom, e.g. 'this man is unfriendly to man'. The extant fragments do not contain a table of truth-values for negation, but the text cited evidently contains the law of double negation : 20.041 not-not p if and only if p (cf. 24.26). B. IMPLICATION The definition of implication was a matter much debated among the Megarians and Stoics: 20.05 All dialecticians say that a connected (proposition) is sound (uyti<;) when its consequent follows from (axoAoufrsi) its antecedent - but they dispute about when and how it follows, and propound rival criteria. Even so Callimachus, librarian at Alexandria in the 2nd century b.c, said: 20.06 The very crows on the roofs croak about what implications are sound. 116 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC 1. Philonian implication 20.07 Philo said that the connected (proposition) is true when it is not the case that it begins with the true and ends with the false. So according to him there are three ways in which a true connected (proposition) is obtained, only one in which a false. For (1) if it begins with true and ends with true, it is true, e.g. 'if it is day, it is light' ; (2) when it begins with false and ends with false, it is true, e.g. 'if the earth flies, the earth has wings'; (3) similarly too that which begins with false and ends with true, e.g. 'if the earth flies, the earth exists'. It is false only when beginning with true, it ends with false, e.g. 'if it is day, it is night' ; since when it is day, the (proposition) 'it is day' is true - which was the antecedent ; and the (proposi- tion) 'it is night' is false, which was the consequent. Here some terminological explanations are required. The Stoics called the antecedent "/jyouuxvov, the consequent Xvjyov, and moreover had the corresponding verbs: ^yetTOu, Xyjyei, untranslatable in their technical use. Hence we have simply translated these words accord- ing to their ordinary sense, by 'begins' and 'ends'. The term too for the sentences themselves (or the propositions to which they refer) has been translated according to its everyday sense by 'connected', the word 'conditional' having been avoided because apparently the idea of condition was foreign to Megarian-Stoic thought. As to the content of the passage, it gives us a perfect truth- matrix, which can be set out in tabular form thus: 20.071 Antecedent Consequent Connected proposition true true true false false true false true true true false false It is, as we can see, the truth-value matrix for material impli- cation, ordered otherwise than is usual nowadays (41.12; but 42.27). The latter therefore deserves to be called 'Philonian'. 2. Diodorean implication 20.08 Diodorus says that the connected (proposition) is true when it begins with true and neither could nor can end with false. This runs counter to the Philonian position. For the connected (proposition) 'if it is day, I converse' is true according to Philo, in case it is day and I converse, since it 117 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC begins with the true (proposition) 'it is day' and ends with the true (proposition) 'I converse'. But according to Diodorus (it is) false. For at a given time it can begin with the true (proposi- tion) 'it is day' and end with the false (proposition) ' I converse' , suppose I should fall silent . . . (and) before I began to con- verse it began with a true (proposition) and ended with the false one 'I converse'. Further, the (proposition) 'if it is night, I converse' is true according to Philo in case it is day and I am silent; for it (then) begins with false and ends with false. But according to Diodorus (it is) false; for it can begin with true and end with false, in case the night is past and I am not conversing. And also the (proposition) 'if it is night, it is day' is according to Philo true in case it is day, because, while it begins with the false (proposition) 'it is night', it ends with the true (proposition) 'it is day'. But according to Dio- dorus it is false because, while it can begin - when night is come - with the true (proposition) 'it is night', it can end with the false (proposition) 'it is day'. So we can fix Diodorean implication by the following definition : 20.081 If p, then q, if and only if, for every time I it is not the case that p is true at t and q is false at t. 3. 'Connexive'' implication 20.09 (According to Diodorus) this (proposition) is true: 'if there are no atomic elements of things, then there are atomic elements of things' . . . but those who introduce con- nection ((TuvapTTjcjLv) say that the connected (proposition) is sound when the contradictory (avTt,x£i[i.s:vov) of its consequent is incompatible ((xdcx^Tai) with its antecedent. So according to them the aforesaid connected (propositions) (20.07) are bad ({AoxOvjpa), but the following is true (<xXyfi£q) : 'if it is day, it is day'. 20.10 A connected (proposition) is true in which the opposite of the consequent is incompatible with the antecedent, e.g. 'if it is day, it is light'. This is true, since 'it is not light', the opposite of the consequent, is incompatible with 'it is day'. A connected (proposition) is false in which the opposite of the consequent is not incompatible with the antecedent, e.g. 'if it is day, Dion walks about'; for 'Dion is not walking about' is not incompatible with 'it is day'. 118 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC This definition is often ascribed to Chrysippus (20.11), but that it originated with him may be doubted (20.12). It is not clear how- it is to be understood. Perhaps we have here an ancient form of strict implication (49.04 31.13). 4. ' Inclusive' implication 20.13 Those who judge (implication) by what is implicit (eu-cpaaei xptvovT£<;) say that the connected (proposition) is true when its consequent is potentially (Suvdqiei) contained in the antecedent. According to them the (proposition) 'if it is day, it is day' and every repetitive connected (proposition) is probably false, since nothing can be contained in itself. This definition too is not now fully intelligible. It seems to concern a relation of subordination something like that which holds between a statement about all elements of a class and one about the elements of one of its sub-classes. No further reference to this definition is to be found in our sources; perhaps it was only adopted by isolated logicians of the school. C. DISJUNCTION We know much less about disjunction than about implication. Apparently it formed the subject of the same sort of dispute that there was about the definition of implication. But our texts are few and obscure. It is only certain that two kinds of disjunction were recognized : the complete (exclusive) and the incomplete (not exclu- sive), of which the first is well exemplified. 1. Complete disjunction 20.14 The disjunctive (proposition) consists of (contra- dictorily) opposed (propositions), e.g. of those to the effect that there are proofs and that there are not proofs. . . . For as every disjunctive is true if (and only if) it contains a true (proposition) and since one of (two contradictorily) opposed (propositions) is evidently always true, it must certainly be said that the (proposition) so formed is true. 20.15 There is also another (proposition) which the Greeks call Sis^euyuivov a£icou.a and we call disjunctum. This is of the kind : 'pleasure is either good or bad, or neither good nor bad'. Now all (propositions) which are disjoined (disjuncta) (within one such proposition) are mutually incompatible, and their opposites, which the Greeks call avn.xsiu.sva must also be mutually opposed (contraria). Of all (propositions) which are disjoined, one will be true, the others false. But when none of 119 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC them at all are true, or all, or more than one are true, or when the disjoined (propositions) are not incompatible, or when their opposites are not mutually opposed, then the disjunctive (proposition) will be false. They call it TOxpocSis^euyfiivov. 20.16 The true disjunctive (proposition) tells us that one of its propositions is true, the other or others false and incompat- ible. These texts offer a difficulty, in the supposition that a statement can be contradictory to more than one other. However, the practice of the school concerning the disjunction here defined is clear: in the sense envisaged 'p or q' is understood as the negation of equivalence (vide infra 22.07), i.e. in such a way that just one of the two argu- ments is true and just one false. 2. Incomplete disjunction The surviving information about this is very vague. The best is given by Galen, but raises the question how much of it is Megarian- Stoic doctrine and how much Galen's own speculation: 20.17 This state of things exhibits a complete incompat- ibility (tiXeiav paxyjv), the other an incomplete (sXXottjv) according to which we say for example: 'if Dion is at Athens, Dion is not at the Isthmus'. For this is characteristic of in- compatibility, that incompatibles cannot both be the case; but they differ in that according to the one the incompatibles can neither both be true nor both false, but according to the other this last may occur. If then only inability to be true together characterizes them, the incompatibility is incomplete, but if also inability to be false together, it is complete. 20.18 There is no reason why we should not call the propos- ition involving complete incompatibility 'disjunctive' and that involving incomplete incompatibility 'quasi-disjunctive'. . . . But in some propositions not only one, but more or all components can be true, and one must be. Some call such 'sub-disjunctive' (7cap<x8is£euY(Aeva) ; these contain only one true (proposition) among those disjoined, independently of whether they are composed of two or more simple propositions. Evidently this is a matter of two different kinds of disjunctive propositions, and so of disjunction. The first is called 'quasi-disjunc- tion' and seems to be equivalent to the denial of conjunction: 20.181 p or q if and only if, not: p and q. 120 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC Then the intended functor would be that of Shelter (43.43). The second kind is called 'sub-disjunctive' and could be defined by the following equivalence: 20.182 p or (also) q if and only if: if not p, then q. This is the modern functor of the logical sum (cf. 14.1011. . Neither of these two functors was used by the Stoics in practice, at least so far as we can ascertain from the extant sources. D. CONJUNCTION 20.19 What the Greeks call (jufJwue7cXeYjjtivov we call conjuncium or copulatum. It is as follows : 'Publius Scipio, son of Paulus, was twice consul and had a triumph and was censor and was colleague of Lucius Mummius in the censorship.' In every conjunctive the whole is said to be false if one (component) is false, even if the others are true. For if I were to add to all that I have truly said about that Scipio: 'and overcame Hannibal in Africa', which is false, then the whole conjunctive which includes that would be false: because that is a false addition, and the whole is stated together. E. EQUIVALENCE 20.20 Syllogisms which have hypothetical premisses are formed by transition from one thing to another, because of consequence (axoXou0La) or incompatibility, each of which may be either complete or incomplete. 20.21 The (exclusive) disjunctive premiss (Siaiperwdj) is equivalent to the following: 'if it is not day, it is night'. This last cited text, in which quite certainly complete disjunction is intended (20.14 ff.) can only be understood as referring to 'com- plete consequence' (20.20) - and then we have equivalence. In this case we have the following definition, in which 'or' is to be under- stood in the exclusive sense: 20.211 q completely follows from p if and only if, not : p or q. We owe the discovery of these facts to Stakelum (20.22). Boethius, probably drawing on a Stoic source, understands 'if A - B' in just this sense 20.23). So it can be taken as likely that the functor of equivalence was known to the Stoics as 'complete consequence'. F. OTHER FUNCTORS We also have definitions of the inferential proposition (cf. 19.15 . This consists of a combination of conjunction with Diodorean (certainly not Philonian) implication. Other kinds of compound 121 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC propositions are the causal and the relative; their functors are not definable by truth-matrices. Possibly there are further functors of similar nature. §21. ARGUMENTS AND SCHEMES OF INFERENCE A. CONCLUSIVE, TRUE, AND DEMONSTRATIVE ARGUMENTS 21.01 An argument (Xoyo^) is a system of premisses and conclusion. Premisses are propositions agreed upon for the proof of the conclusion, the conclusion is the proposition proved from the premisses. E.g. in the following (argument): 'if it is day, it is light; it is day; therefore it is light', 'it is light' is the conclusion, the other propositions are premisses. 21.02 Some arguments are conclusive (cjuvocxtixol), others not conclusive. They are conclusive when a connected proposition, beginning with the conjunction of the premisses of the argument and ending with the conclusion, is true. E.g. the argument mentioned above is conclusive, since from the conjunction of its premisses 'if it is day, it is light' and 'it is day' there follows 'it is light' in this connected proposition: 'if: it is day and if it is day, it is light: then it is light.'* Not conclusive are arguments not so constructed. This is a very important text, showing how accurately the Stoic distinguished between a conditional proposition and implication on the one hand, and an argument or inferential scheme and the consequence-relation on the other. For an argument is conclusive (cruvaxTLxo^) when the corresponding conditional proposition is true The Stoics had a set terminology for the components of an argu- ment. In the simplest case it has two premisses, X^jJiaTa (in the wider sense); the first is also called XyjfjLfxa (the narrower sense), in contrast to the second which is called izpoa'krityic, 21.04); when the first premiss is connected, it is also called Tpomxov (21.05). 21.06 Of arguments, some are not conclusive (aTuepavToi), others conclusive (nzpoLvrixoi) . Not conclusive are those in which the contradictory opposite of the conclusion is not Reading etnep el rjjjipa sax£, xal ■yjjxepa eari, cpcot; ecrdv. This reading was called a 'monstrosity' by Heintz, whereas it is evidently the only correct one (21.03). 122 MEGA R IAN-STOIC LOGIC incompatible with the conjunction of the premisses, e.g. such as: 'if it is day, it is light; it is day; therefore Dion walks about'. It seems to follow that the conditional sentence corresponding to an argument must contain the functor of connexive implication for an argument to be conclusive (cf. 20.09 f. and the commentary). 21.07 Of conclusive arguments some are true, others false. They are true when besides the connected proposition, which consists of the conjunction of the premisses and the conclusion, being true, the conjunction of the premisses is also* true, i.e. that which forms the antecedent in the connected proposition. Again a text of the utmost importance, expressing a clear distinc- tion between formal validity and truth. This distinction was admit- tedly known to Aristotle (10.05 f.), but this is the first explicit accurate formulation. 21.09 Of true arguments some are demonstrative (<x7co&eix- tlxol) others not demonstrative. Demonstrative are those con- cluding to the not evident from the evident, not demonstrative are those not of that kind. E.g. the argument: 'if it is day, it is light; it is day; therefore it is light' is not demonstrative, for that it is light (which is evident) is its conclusion. On the other hand, this is demonstrative: 'if the sweat flows through the surface, there are intelligible (voyjtol) pores; the sweat flows through the surface; therefore there are intelligible pores', for it has a non-evident conclusion, viz. 'therefore there are intelligible pores'. 'Intelligible' here means 'only to be known by the mind'; the pores are not visible. The division of arguments comprised in this last series of texts is logically irrelevant, but of great methodological interest. It can be presented thus: [ demonstrative [ true I ( conclusive I { not demonstrative arguments I [ not true ( not conclusive * Omitting with Mates (21.08): xal to G\j[iniptxo\±ot.. 123 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC B. NON-SYLLOGISTIC ARGUMENTS A further interesting division shows how accurately the Stoics distinguished between language and meta-language : 21.10 Of conclusive arguments, some are called by the name of the genus, 'conclusive' (rapavTLxoL), others are called 'syl- logistic'. Syllogistic are those which are either indemonstrable (ava7r6<teixTOL) or are reduced to the indemonstrable by means of one or more rules (tc5v 0£u.dcTcov), e.g. 'if Dion walks about, Dion is in motion; Dion walks about; therefore Dion is in motion'. Conclusive in the specific sense are those which do not conclude syllogistically, those of e.g. the following kind : 'it is false that it is day and it is night; it is day; therefore it is not night'. Non-syllogistic, on the other hand, are arguments which appear to resemble syllogistic ones, but do not conclude, e.g. 'if Dion is a horse, Dion is an animal; Dion is not a horse; therefore Dion is not an animal'. 21.11 . . . but the moderns, who follow the linguistic expression, not what it stands for, . . . say that if the expres- sion is formulated thus: 'if A, then B; A; therefore B,' the argument is syllogistic, but 'B follows on A; A; therefore B' is not syllogistic, though it is conclusive. 21.12 . . . The kind of argument which is called 'unmetho- dically concluding' (au^OoSox; 7cepaivovTes) is e.g. this: 'it is day; but you say that it is day; therefore you say true'. 21.13 (Those which the moderns call 'unmethodically concluding' . . .) are such as the following: 'Dion says that it is day; Dion says true; therefore it is day'. 21.14 . . . like the unmethodically concluding arguments among the Stoics. When e.g. someone says: 'the first (is) greater than the second, the second than the third, therefore the first (is) greater than the third'. C. FURTHER KINDS OF ARGUMENT 21.15 Those arguments too which they call 'duplicated' (SioccpopoVevoi) are n°t syllogistic, e.g. this: 'if it is day, it is day; therefore it is day'. 21.16 The argument): 'if it is day, it is light; it is day; therefore it is day', and in general those which the moderns call 'not diversely concluding' (aSt^opo^ rcepaivovTe^) . . . . 124 M E G A R I A N - S T O I C LOGIC 21.17 Antipater, one of the most celebrated men of the Stoic sect, used to say that arguments with a single premiss can also be formed (|jiovoXy)(IU,<xtol). 21.18 From one premiss there results no (conclusive) com- bination (colledio), though the consequence (conclusio) 'you see, therefore you live' seemed complete to Antipater the Stoic, against the doctrine of all (others) - for it is complete (only) in the following way; 'if you see, then you live; you see; therefore you live'. 21.19 Such an argument as that which says: 'it is day; not: it is not day; therefore it is light' has potentially a single premiss. Further, apparently numberless, divisions of arguments are obscure in our sources. Diogenes speaks of 'possible, impossible, necessary and not necessary' arguments (21.20). Sextus has a division into demonstrable and indemonstrable arguments, the last-named being either simple or compound, and the compound being reducible to the simple (which makes them demonstrable), (21.21). The whole account is so vague that we are not in a position to grasp the meaning of this division. But in Diogenes we find a consistent doctrine of these same 'indemonstrable' arguments; they are simply the axioms of the Stoic propositional logic, and we consider them in the next chapter. D. SCHEMES OF INFERENCE The Stoics made clear distinction between a logical rule and an instance of it, i.e. between the moods (Tpo7roi) of an argument and the argument itself - a distinction which Aristotle applied in practice, but without a theoretic knowledge of it. 21.22 These are some of the arguments. But their moods or schemata (ox^octoc) in which they are formed are as follows: of the first indemonstrable: 'if the first, then (the) second; the first; therefore the second'; of the second: 'if the first, (then) the second; not the second; therefore not the first'; of the third : 'not : the first and the second ; the first; therefore not the second'. We have similar schemata for other arguments as well (21.23 . even for some of the not indemonstrable (cf. 22.17). It is striking that only numerical words occur in them as variables. One might conjecture that this was so in Aristotle too, since in Greek the letters of the alphabet could function as numerals; but the fact 125 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC that Aristotle did not only use the early letters of the alphabet, but often IT, P, and 2 as well, seems to exclude this. Along with these homogeneous formulae the Stoics also had 'mixed' half-arguments, half-schemata. They were called 'argument- schemata' (Xoy6Tpo7iot,). 21.24 An argument-schema consists of both, e.g. 'if Plato lives, Plato breathes; the first; therefore the second'. The argument-schema was introduced in order not to have to have a long sub-premiss in long formulae, so as to gain the conclusion, but as short as possible: 'the first; therefore the second'. Another example is this: 21.25 If the sweat flows through the surface, there are intelligible pores; the first; therefore the second. §22. AXIOM ATI ZAT I ON. COMPOUND ARGUMENTS The Stoic propositional logic seems to have been thoroughly axiomatized, distinction even being made between axioms and rules of inference. A. THE INDEMONSTRABLES The tradition is obscure about the axioms (22.01 ; et vid. supra 21.21). We here give the definition of the indemonstrables according to Diogenes, their description, with examples, from Sextus. 22.02 There are also some indemonstrables (av<x7c68eixToi) which need no demonstration, by means of which every (other) argument is woven; they are five in number according to Chrysippus, though other according to others. They are assumed in conclusives, syllogisms and hypotheticals (Tp07ux£>v) 22.03 The indemonstrables are those of which the Stoics say that they need no proof to be maintained. . . . They envisage many indemonstrables, but especially five, from which it seems all others can be deduced. This is no less than an assertion of the completeness of the system : whether it is correct we cannot tell, since we do not know the metatheorems and have only a few of the derivative arguments. 126 MEGARIAN-STOIG LOGIC 22.04 The first (indemonstrable) from a connected (pro- position) and its antecedent yields its consequent, e.g. 'if it is day, it is light; it is day; therefore it is light'; 22.05 the second from a connected (proposition) and the contradictory opposite (avTixst^evou) of its consequent yields the contradictory opposite of its antecedent, e.g. 'if it is day, it is light; it is not light; therefore it is not day' ; 22.06 the third from the negation (obccxpaTixoO) of a con- junction together with one of its components, yields the contradictory opposite of the other, e.g. 'not: it is day and it is night; it is day; therefore it is not night' ; 22.07 the fourth, from a (complete) disjunctive (proposi- tion) together with one of the (propositions) disjoined (e7te£evy- (jtivoov) in it, yields the contradictory opposite of the other, e.g. 'either it is day or it is night; it is day; therefore it is not night' ; 22.08 the fifth from a (complete) disjunctive (proposition) together with the contradictory opposite of one of the dis- joined (propositions) yields the other, e.g. 'either it is day or it is night; it is not night; therefore it is day'. Other less reliable sources speak of two further indemonstrables, the sixth and seventh (22.09). B. METATHEOREMS The reduction of demonstrable arguments to indemonstrable, was effected in Stoic logic by means of certain metalogical rules. One name for such was Os(jia, but it seems that the expression OscopTjpia was also used (22.10). We shall call them 'metatheorems', in accord- ance with modern usage. A text of Galen shows that there were at least four of them (22.11), but only the first and third are stated explicitly. 22.12 There is also another proof common to all syllogisms, even the indemonstrable, called '(reduction) to the impossible' and by the Stoics termed 'first metatheorem' (constitutio) or 'first exposition' (expos Hum). It is formulated thus: 'If some third is deduced from two, one of the two together with the opposite of the conclusion yields the opposite of the other.' This is the rule for reduction to the impossible (16.33), already stated by Aristotle in another form. 22.13 The essentials of the so-called third metatheorem (SepuxTCK;) look like this : if some third is deduced from two and 127 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC one (of the two) can be deduced syllogistically from others, the third is yielded by the rest and those others. This metatheorem is what in fact underlies the aristotelian 'direct reduction' of syllogisms, and can be formulated: 22.131 If r follows from p and q, and p from s, then r follows from q and s (cf. 14.141). The following is given by Alexander as the 'synthetic theorem' (cjuvOstixov 0s:copY][jLa) : 22.14 If some (third) is deduced from some (premisses), and if the deduced (third) together with one or more (fourth) yields some (fifth), then this (fifth) is deduced also from those (premisses) from which this (third) is deduced. The rule being stated is this: 22.141 If r follows from p and g, and t from r and s, then i follows from p, q and s; or, if one represents the premisses with a single variable : 22.142 If q follows from p, and s from q and r, then s follows also from p and r. Sextus cites a similar but seemingly different metatheorem: 22.15 It should be known that the following dialectical theorem (OscopY^oc) has been handed down for the analysis of syllogisms : 'if we have premisses to yield a conclusion, then we have this conclusion too potentially among these (premisses), even if it is not explicitly (xoct* excpopav) stated. We have two detailed examples of the apllication of this meta- theorem, which belong to the highest development of Stoic logic. C. DERIVATION OF COMPOUND ARGUMENTS 22.16 Of the not-simple (arguments) some consist of homogeneous, others of not homogeneous (arguments). Of not homogeneous, those which are compounded of two first indemonstrables (22.04), or of two second (22.05). Of not homogeneous, those which (are compounded) of second and third* (22.06), or in general of such (dissimilars). An example of * Reading xal Tptxou in the lacuna with Kochalsky. 128 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC those consisting of homogeneous (arguments) is the following: 'if it is day*, then if it is day it is light; it is day; therefore it is light'. . . . For we have here two premisses, (1) the connected proposition: 'if it is day* *, then if it is day it is light', which begins with the simple proposition 'it is day' and ends with the not simple, connected proposition 'if it is day it is light'; and (2) the antecedent in this (first premiss:) 'it is day'. If by means of the first indemonstrable we infer from those the consequent of the connected (proposition, viz.) 'if it is day it is light', then we have this inferred (proposition) potentially in the argument, even though not explicitly stated. Putting this now together with the minor premiss of the main argument, viz. 'it is day', we infer by means of the first indemonstrable: 'it is light', which was the conclusion of the main argument. 22.17 That is what the arguments are like which are com- pounded from homogeneous (indemonstrables). Among the not homogeneous is that propounded by Ainesidemus about the sign, which runs thus: 'if all phenomena appear similarly to those who are similarly disposed, and signs are phenomena, then signs appear similarly to all those who are similarly disposed; signs do not appear similarly to all those who are similarly disposed; phenomena appear similarly to all those who are similarly disposed ; therefore signs are not phenomena'. This argument is compounded of second and third indemon- strables, as we can find out by analysis. This will be clearer if we put the process in the form of the schema of inference: 'if the first and second, then the third ; not the third ; the first; therefore not the second'. For we have here a connected (propo- sition) in which the conjunction of the first and second forms the antecedent, and the third the consequent, together with the contradictory opposite of the consequent, viz. 'not the third'. Hence we infer by means of the second indemonstrable the contradictory opposite of the antecedent, viz. 'therefore not: the first and the second'. But this is potentially contained in the argument, as we have it in the premisses which yield it, though not verbally expressed. Putting it * * * together with the other premiss, the first, we infer the conclusion (of the main argument), 'not the second', by means of the third indemon- strable. * Adding with Kochalsky: si yjfiipa saxtv. * * Completing the text as before. * * * reading 07rsp instead of a7rep, with Kochalsky. 129 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC D. FURTHER DERIVED ARGUMENTS According to Cicero (22.18) the Stoics derived 'innumerable' arguments in similar ways. 22.19 The said (Chrysippus) says that it (the dog) often* applies the fifth indemonstrable, when on coming to the meeting of three roads it sniffs at two down which the game has not gone and immediately rushes down the third without sniffing at it. The sage says in fact that it virtually infers: the game has gone down this, or this, or that; neither this nor this; therefore that. 22.21 If two connected (propositions) end in contradictorily opposed (consequents) - this theorem is called (the theorem) 'from two connecteds' (Tpo7cixc5v) - the (common) antecedent of the two is refuted .... This argument is formed according to the schema of inference : 'if the first, the second ; if the first * *, not the second; therefore not the first'. The Stoics give it material expression (i.e. by a substitution) when they say that from the (proposition) 'if you know that you are dead (you are dead if you know that you are dead) you are not dead' there follows this other: 'therefore you do not know that you are dead'. 22.22 Some argue in this way: 'if there are signs, there are signs; if there are not signs, there are signs; there are either no signs or there are signs; therefore there are signs'. § 23. THE LIAR The Stoics and above all the Megarians devoted much attention to fallacies. Some of the ones they considered derive from the problem of the continuum and belong to mathematics in the narrower sense of that word ; the rest are mostly rather trifles than serious logical problems (23.01). But one of their fallacies, 'the Liar' (^£uSo[X£vo<;) has very considerable logical interest and has been deeply studied by logicians for centuries, in antiquity, the middle ages, and the 20th century. The Liar is the first genuine semantic fallacy known to us. * Sia tcXeiovcov: this could also mean 'the (argument) from the more'; but I follow Mates (22.20) since (1) we know of no such indemonstrable, and (2) the argument is reducible to the simple fifth indemonstrable. * * omitting ou with Koetschau. 130 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC A. HISTORY In St. Paul is to be found the following notable text: 23.02 One of themselves, a spokesman of their own, has told us : The men of Crete were ever liars, venomous creatures, all hungry belly. According to various sources (23.03) this spokesman was Epimeni- des, a Greek sage living at the beginning of the 6th century b.c. Hence the Liar is often called after him, but wrongly, for Epimenides was clearly not worrying about a logical paradox. Plato, too, who con- sidered similar problems in the Euthydemus (ca. 387 B.C.; 23.04; did not know the Liar. But Aristotle has it in the Sophistic Refutations, about 330 b.c. (23.05). Now that is just the period when Eubulides was flourishing, to whom Diogenes Laertius explicitly ascribes the discovery of the Liar (18.02). After that, Theophrastus wrote three books on the subject (23.06), Chrysippus many more, perhaps twenty-eight (23.07). How much people took the problem to heart at that time can be seen from the fact that one logician, Philetas of Cos (ca. 340-285 b.c), died because of it: 23.08 Traveller, I am Philetas; the argument called the Liar and deep cogitations by night, brought me to death. B. FORMULATION In spite of this interest and the extensive literature about the Liar, we no longer possess Eubulides's formulation of the antinomy, and the versions that have come down to us are so various that it is impossible to determine whether a single formula underlies them all, and which of the surviving ones has been considered by com- petent logicians. Here we can only give a simple list of the most important, collected by A. Riistow (23.09). They seem to fall into four groups. I. 23.10 If you say that you lie, and in this say true, do you lie or speak the truth ? 23.11 If I lie and say that I lie, do I lie or speak the truth? II 23.12 If you say that you lie, and say true, you lie; but you say that you lie, and you speak the truth; therefore you lie. 23.13 If you lie and in that say true, you lie. 131 THE GREEK VARIETY OF LOGIC III. 23.14 I say that I lie, and (in so saying) lie; therefore I speak the truth. 23.15 Lying, I utter the true speech, that I lie. IV. 23.16 If it is true, it is false ; if it is false, it is true. 23.17 Whoso says 'I lie', lies and speaks the truth at the same time. The relation of the four groups to one another is as follows : the texts of the first group simply posit the question: is the Liar true or false ? Those of the second conclude that it is true, of the third that it is false. The texts of the fourth group draw both conclusions together; the proposition is both true and false. C. EFFORTS AT SOLUTION Aristotle deals with the Liar summarily in that part of his Sophistic Refutations in which he discusses fallacies dependent on what is said 'absolutely and in a particular respect': 23.18 The argument is similar, also, as regards the problem whether the same man can at the same time say what is both false and true: but it appears to be a troublesome question because it is not easy to see in which of the two connections the word 'absolutely' is to be rendered - with 'true' or with 'false'. There is, however, nothing to prevent it from being false absolutely, though true in some particular respect (nfi) or relation (tiv6<;), i.e. being true in some things though not true absolutely. It has been said (23.19) that the difficulty is here 'quite unresolved, and indeed unnoticed', and indeed Aristotle has not solved our antinomy nor understood its import. Yet, as is so often the case with this pastmaster, he reveals a penetrating insight into the principle of the medieval and modern solutions - the necessity of distinguishing different aspects, levels as we now say, in the Liar. Worth noting too, is Aristotle's standpoint of firm conviction that a solution is discoverable. This conviction has remained the motive power of logic in this difficult field. The solution of Chrysippus has reached us in a very fragmentary papyrus, written moreover in difficult language. Its essential, and most legible, part is as follows* : * Thanks are due to Prof O. Gigon for help with this text. 132 MEGARIAN-STOIC LOGIC 23.20 The (fallacy) about the truth-speaker and similar ones are to be . . . (solved in a similar way). One should not say that they say true and (also) false; nor should one conjecture in another way, that the same (statement) is expressive of true and false simultaneously, but that they have no meaning at all. And he rejects the afore-mentioned proposition and also the proposition that one can say true and false simultaneously and that in all such (matters) the sentence is sometimes simple, sometimes expressive of more. The most important words in this text are cn)[i.ar.vofiivoi> ziXzac, (X7ro7rAavc5vTai, translated '(that) they have no meaning at all'. The Greek phrase is ambiguous as between (1) that whoever states the Liar attributes a false assertion to the proposition, and (2) that he says something which has no meaning at all. The fragmentary context seems to indicate the second interpretation as the correct one, but it is impossible to be certain of this. If it is correct, Ghrysip- pus's solution is that the Liar is no proposition but a senseless utterance, which would be a view of the highest importance. The Aristotelian attempt to solve it is definitely rejected in this text. 133 IV. THE CLOSE OF ANTIQUITY §24. PERIOD OF COMMENTARIES AND HANDBOOKS' A. CHARACTERISTICS AND HISTORICAL SURVEY With the end of the old Stoa there begins a period into which hardly any research has been done. However, on the basis of the few details known to us we may suppose with great probability that the formal logic of this period was of the following kind : 1. The period is not a creative one. No new problems or original methods such as those developed by Aristotle and the Megarian- Stoic school are to be found. 2. Yet, apparently right up to the fall of the Roman empire, individual scholarly works appeared. Some earlier methods were improved, the material was systematized and sometimes developed. There were even not wanting genuinely gifted logicians, among the best of whom was Alexander of Aphrodisias. 3. The logical literature consisted chiefly of two kinds of work: big commentaries, mainly on Aristotle, and handbooks. 4. As to their content, we discern mostly a syncretizing tendency in the sense that Aristotelian and Stoic-Megarian elements are mingled, Stoic methods and formulations being applied to Aristo- telian ideas. Lack of monographs makes it impossible to survey the state of the logical problematic during the period, and we limit ourselves to the choice of some particular doctrines so far found in the mass of commentaries and handbooks. But first some of the most important thinkers must be named. The first well-known logicians of this period are Galen and the less notable Apuleius of Madaura whose handbooks have survived; the former is the subject of the only monograph on the period (24.01). In the 3rd century a.d. we find Alexander of Aphrodisias, already mentioned, one of the best commentators on the whole Aristotelian logic, and unlike Galen and Apuleius a fairly pure Aristotelian. Porphyry of Tyre lived about the same time, and composed an Introduction (ziGOLycxtyri) to the Aristotelian categories. In it he systematized the doctrine of the predicables (11.06ff.), giving a five-fold enumeration: genus, specific difference, species, property and accident (24.02). This work was to be basic in the Middle Ages. Later logicians include Iamblichus of Chalcis, not to be taken very seriously, Themistius (both these in the 4th century a.d.), Ammonius Hermeae (5th century), Martianus Capella, author 134 TREE OF PORPHYRY of a handbook which formed an important link between ancient and later logic (5th century), AmmoniuB the Peripatetic, Simplicius (6th century), who was another of the better commentators on Aristotle, and finally Philoponus (7th century), but these have little importance so far as we can judge. On the other hand the last Roman logician, Boethius (ca. 480-524) is of fairly considerable importance both because his works became a prime source for the Scholastics and also because he transmits doctrines and methods not mentioned elsewhere, though he himself was only a moderate logician. With his execution the West enters on a long period without any logic worth speaking of. B. THE TREE OF PORPHYRY Of the commentators' discoveries the 'tree of Porphyry' has certainly achieved the greatest fame. While it can be regarded as only a compendium of Aristotelian doctrines it has great importance as comprising (1) a system of classification, which was not to the fore in Aristotle's thought (11.13), and (2) an extensional view of terms. First we give the text: 24.03 Let what is said in one category now be explained. Substance (ouctioc) is itself a genus, under this is body, and under body is living (s^uxov) body, under which is animal. Under animal is rational (Xoyixov) animal, under which is man. Under man are Socrates and Plato and individual (xorra uipo<;) men. But of these, substance is the most generic and that which is genus alone ; man is the most specific and that which is species alone. Body is a species of substance, a genus of living body. The following text shows how thoroughly extensional a view is being taken: 24.04 (Genus and species) differ in that genus contains (■7T£ptix£L) its species, the species are contained in but do not contain their genus. For the genus is predicated of more things than the species. This conception is carried so far that one can here properly speak of a beginning of calculus of classes. At the same time Porphyry makes a distinction which corresponds fairly closely to the modern distinction between extension and intension (36.10, 45.03) - or. again, between simple and personal supposition (27.15). For among a number of definitions of the predicables, he has : 135 CLOSE OF ANTIQUITY 24.05 The philosophers . . . define, saying that genus is what is predicated essentially (ev tw tl eoti) of several things differing in species. 24.06 The genus differs from the difference and the common accidents in that, while the difference and the common acci- dents are predicated of several things differing in species, they are not predicated essentially but as qualifying (ev tco o7rot6v tl e<mv). For when we ask what it is of which these are predicated, we answer with the genus; but we do not answer with the differences or accidents. For they are not predicated essentially of the subject but rather as qualifying it. For on being asked of what quality man is, we say that he is rational, and to the question of what quality crow is, we answer that it is black. But rational is a difference, and black an accident. But when we are asked what man is, we answer that he is animal, animal being a genus of man. C. EXTENSION OF LOGICAL TECHNIQUE Among the most important achievements of this period are two devices which so far as we know were unknown to Aristotle and the Stoics, viz. (1) identification of variables, (2) substitution of sen- tential forms for variables. 1. Alexander of Aphrodisias The first is to be found in Alexander in a new proof of the con- vertibility of universal negative sentences : 24.07 If someone were to say that the universal negative (premiss) does not convert, (suppose) A belongs to no B; if (this premiss) does not convert, B belongs to some A; there results in the first figure (the conclusion that) to some A A does not belong, which is absurd. Alexander here makes use of the fourth syllogism of the first figure (Ferio: (13.06), which in Aristotle's presentation runs: 'if A belongs to no B, but B to some C, then to some C A cannot belong'. He identifies C with A - i.e. substitutes one variable for the other, and obtains: 'if A belongs to no B, but B to some A, then to some A A does not belong'. That is the novelty of the process. This is consonant with Alexander's clear insight into the nature of laws of formal logic. He seems to have been the first to make explicit the distinction between form and matter, and at the same time to have come close to an explicit determination of the notion of a variable. 136 IMPLICATION 24.08 He (Aristotle) introduces the use of letters in order to show us that the conclusions are not produced in virtue of the matter but in virtue of such and such a form (oXWol) and composition and the mood of the premisses; the syllogism concludes . . . not because of the matter, but because the formula (au^uyta) is as it is. The letters show that the conclusion is of such a kind universally and always and for every choice (of material). 2. Boethius A further development of the technique of formal logic is to be found in Boethius. He is evidently aiming at the formulation of a rule of substitution for propositional variables ; this is not given in the form of such a rule, but in a description of the structure of formulae. Again we have a fairly clear distinction between form and matter in a proposition, a distinction which was to play a great part in later history : 24.09 We shall now show the likenesses and differences between simple propositions and compound hypothetical ones. For when the (hypothetical propositions) which consist of simple ones are compared with those which are compounded of two hypotheticals, (one sees that) the sequence (in both cases) is the same and the relation (of the parts to one another) remains, only the terms are doubled. Since the places which are occupied by simple propositions in those hypotheticals consist- ing of simple propositions, are occupied in hypotheticals consist- ing of hypotheticals by those conditions in virtue of which those (component) propositions are said to be joined and linked together. For in the proposition which says: 'if A is, B is', and in that which says: 'if, if A is, B is, (then) if C is, D is' the place occupied in that consisting of two simple propositions by that which is first: 'if A is', in the proposition consisting of two hypotheticals is occupied by that which (there) is first: 'if, if A is, B is'. If we remember the Stoic distinction between argument and mood (21.22) the last two texts do not seem very original; but they are the first in which an explicit statement of the distinction is found. D. FRESH DIVISION OF IMPLICATION It is Boethius again who gives a fresh division of implication : 24.10 Every hypothetical proposition is formed either by connection (connexionem) ... or by disjunction. . . . But since 137 CLOSE OF ANTIQUITY it has been said that the same thing is signified by the connec- tives (conjunctione) 'si' and 'cum' when they are put in hypo- thetical sentences, conditionals can be formed in two ways: accidentally, or so as to have some natural consequence. Accidentally in this way, as when we say: 'when fire is hot, the sky is round'. For the sky is round not because fire is hot, but the sentence means that at what time fire is hot, the sky is round. But there are others which have within them a natural consequence, . . . e.g. we might say: 'when man is, animal is'. There is here, as often elsewhere, a certain obscurity in Boethius's thought (24.11). Apart from that, his division of implication is something of a backward step in comparison with the Stoic dis- cussions of the subject (vide supra 20.05 ff.). Yet the text just cited is important for our history, being an evident starting-point for scholas- tic speculations about implication. Hence also we mention the following details of Boethius's doc- trine about propositional functors. He often seems to use lsV (24.12) as a symbol of equivalence (cf. 20.20 ff.). The sense of the expression kauV is ambiguous. On the one hand, we find - and for the first time - a definition in the sense of non-exclusive alternation (logical sum : cf. 20.17, 30.18, 40.11, 41.18) : 24.13 The disjunctive proposition which says (proponit) : 'either A is not or B is not' is true (fit) of those things which can in no way co-exist, since it is also not necessary that either one of them should exist; it is equivalent to that com- pound proposition in which it is said : 'if A is, B is not'. ... In this proposition only two combinations yield (valid) syllogisms. For, if A is, B will not be, and if B is, A will not be. . . . For if it is said: 'either A is not or B is not', it is said: 'if A is, B will not be', and 'if B is, A will not be'. First we have here Sheffer's functor ('not p or not q'-, 43.43); secondly this text contains an exact definition of the logical sum. The essential idea can be formulated : 24.131 Not p or not q if and only if : if p then not q. Putting therein 'not-p' for 'p' and 'not-g' for lq\ we get by the principle of double negation: 24.132 p or q if and only if: if not-p then q. 138 HYPOTHETICAL SYLLOGISMS On the other hand, Boethius defines in analogous fashion his lsV in the sense of equivalence by means of the same 'auV - which therefore and in this case has the sense of aegaied equivalence (p or q but not both, and necessarily one of the two) (24.14). It is also worth remarking that Boethius regularly uses the principle of double negation and a law analogous to 24.21. E, BOETHIUS'S HYPOTHETICAL SYLLOGISMS We here give the list of Boethius's hypothetical syllogisms. They seem to be the final result of Stoic logic, if understood as laws of the logic of propositions. Our supposition that Boethius aspired to a rule of substitution for propositional variables (cf. 24.09), requires them to be so understood. They would be the final result of Stoic logic in the sense that they are practically the only part of this logic that was preserved by Boethius for the Middle Ages. 24.15 If A is, B is; but A is; therefore B is. 24.16 If A is, B is; but B is not; therefore A is not. 24.17 If A is, B is, and if B is, C must be; but then: if A is, C must be. 24.18 If A is, B is, and if B is, C too must be; but C is not; therefore A is not. 24.19 If A is, B is ; but if A is not, C is ; I say therefore that if B is not, C is. 24.20 If A is, B is not; if A is not, C is not; I say therefore that if B is, C is not. 24.21 If B is, A is; if C is not, A is not; on this supposition I say that if B is, it is necessary that C is not. 24.22 If B is, A is; if C is not, A is not; I say therefore: if B is is, C will be. 24.23 If one says : 'either A is or B is', (then) if A is, B \x\\\ not be; and if A is not, B will be; and if B is not, A will be; and if B* is, A will not be. 24.25 The (proposition) that says: 'either A is not or B is not', certainly means this, that if A is, B cannot be. Boethius developes these syllogisms by substituting a conditional proposition for one or both variables (cf. 24.09) ; in so doing he treats the negation of a conditional as the conjunction of the antecedent with the negation of the consequent, according to the law. which is not expressly formulated: 24.251 Not: if p, then q, if and only if: p and not-g. * omitting non with van den Driessche (24.24). 139 CLOSE OF ANTIQUITY Finally he applies the law of double negation (cf. 20.041), thus gaining eighteen more syllogisms (24.26). F. ALTERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CATEGORICAL SYLLOGISTIC 24.27 But Ariston the Alexandrian and some of the later Peripatetics further introduce five more moods (formed from those) with a universal conclusion: three in the first figure, two in the second figure, which yield particular conclusions. (But) it is extremely foolish to conclude to less from that to which more is due. This text is not very clear. But its difficulty is somewhat lessened if we suppose that a combination of two Aristotelian rules is envi- saged: (1) that allowing a universal conclusion to be weakened to the corresponding particular (13.23), (2) that yielding a further conclusion by conversion of the one first obtained. Then the follow- ing would be the moods intended : 24.271 A to all B; B to all C; therefore A to some C (Barbari). 24.272 A to no B; B to all C; therefore to some C, A not (Celaront). 24.273 A to all B; B to some C ; therefore C to some A (Dabiiis). ZZk.Zlb B to no A; B to all C; therefore to some C, A not (Cesaro). 24.275 B to all A; B to no C ; therefore to some C, A not (Camestrop). Beyond these, Galen transmits a further mood of this kind in the third figure (24.28): 24.281 A to all B; C to all B; therefore C to some A (Daraptis). These formulae all have a Stoic rather than an Aristotelian form. In fact from Apuleius on, such alteration of the old laws into rules is more or less standard practice, especially in Boethius. A further precision given to the Aristotelian syllogistic is in the famous logical square. This figure is first found in Apuleius again. It looks like this: 140 FOURTH FIGURE 24.29 Contrariae vd incongruae 0 c iS universal affirmative W universal negal ive 1 all pleasure is good no pleasure is good some pleasure is good some pleasure is not good particular affirmative particular negative Subconlrariae vel sub pares G. THE SUPPOSEDLY FOURTH FIGURE In an anonymous fragment, belonging possibly to the 6th cen- tury, we read : 24.30 Theophrastus and Eudemus also added other formu- lae to those of Aristotle in the first figure . . . many moderns have thought to form the fourth figure therefrom, citing Galen as the author of this intention. But this allegedly 'Galenic' figure is not to be found in him. On the contrary he plainly states that there are only three figures : 24.31 These syllogisms are called, as I have said, categorical ; they cannot be formed in more than the three figures men- tioned, nor in another number in each (of these figures); this has been shown in the treatises On Demonstration. J. Lukasiewicz was able to explain by means of another anony- mous fragment how nevertheless the discovery of the fourth figure could be credited to Galen (24.32). This fragment is not without historical interest even apart from this question: 24.33 Of the categorical (syllogism) there are two kinds; the simple and the compound. Of the simple syllogism there are three kinds: the first, the second, and the third figure. Of the compound syllogism there are four kinds: the first, the second, the third, and the fourth figure. For Aristotle says that there are only three figures, because he looks at the simple syllogisms, consisting of three terms. Galen, however, says in his Apodeidic that there are four figures, because he looks at the compound syllogisms consisting of four terms, as he has found many such syllogisms in Plato's dialogues. 141 CLOSE OF ANTIQUITY 24.34 The categorical syllogism simple, as ( in) Aristotle compound, as (in) Galen Figure 1,2,3 Compound figure 1 to 1, 1 to 2, 1 to 3, 2 to 2, 2 to 1, 2 to 3, 3 to 3, 3 to 1, 3 to 2. 1 to 1 1 Compound figure syllogistic : 1 to 2 1 to 3 2 3 2 to 3 4 2 to 2 3 to 3 since no syllogism arises from two negatives or two particulars. 1 to 1, as in the Alcibiades unsyllogistic : 2 to 1 3 to 1 3 to 2 2 3 4 useful The numerals denote the successive figures, and the author means that a valid compound syllogism can be formed in four different ways, viz. when of the two simple syllogisms from which it is composed (1) both are in the first figure, (2) the first is in the first, the second in the second figure. (3) the first is in the first, the second in the third, (4) the first is in the second, the second in the third. Those are the four figures. So there is no question of a fourth figure of simple syllogism, which was only ascribed to Galen by a misunder- standing. Yet the unknown scholiast (24.30), in falling a victim to this misunderstanding at least made the principle of the fourth figure another interpretation of the indirect moods of Theophrastus (17.10). 142 PONS ASINORUM H. PONS ASINORUM Here we should introduce a scheme which was to become famous in the Middle Ages as the pons asinorum or 'asses' bridge' 'I'l.Xil). . It is to be found in Philoponus*, and is an elaboration of the Aristotelian doctrine of the inuentio medii (14.29;. Although it belongs to methodology rather than logic, it is relevant to the latter also. The scheme seems typical of the way in which the commentators developed the syllogistic. In Philiponus the lines are captioned in the figure itself. For graphical reasons we put these comments after- wards and refer to them by numbers. 24.35** GOOD A What follows on the good helpful, eligible, to be pursued, suitable, desirable, profitable, expedient. What is alien to the good: -4 imperfect, to be fled from, harmful, bad, ruinous, alien, unprofitable. What the good follows upon: happiness, natural well-being, final cause, perfect, virtuous life. PLEASURE E What follows on pleasure: movement, natural activity, unimpeded life, object of natural desire, undisturbed, eligible. What is alien to pleasure: disease, labour, fear, need, unnatural movement. What pleasure follows upon: health, good repute, virtuous life, plenty, good children, freedom from pain, comfort. 1) Unsyllogistic, because of concluding in the second figure from two universal affirmative (premisses). 2) Universal negative (conclusion) in the first and second (figures) by two conversions. 3) Particular affirmative (conclusion in the first and third) figures by conversion of the conclusion. 4) Universal negative (conclusion) in the first and second figure. * Thanks are due to Prof. L. Minio-Paluello for pointing out this passage. * * For typographical reason the words in the figure are set in small type, though they belong to the quotation. 143 CLOSE OF ANTIQUITY 5) Universal affirmative (conclusion) in the first figure. 6) Unsyllogistic, from two universal negatives. 7) Particular negative (conclusion) in the third and first (figure) through conversion of the minor (premiss). 8) Unsyllogistic, since the particular does not convert, and in the first (figure) because (the syllogism) has a negative minor (premiss). 9) Particular affirmative (conclusion) in the third and first figures by conversion of the minor premiss. I. ANTICIPATION OF THE LOGIC OF RELATIONS Finally we shall speak of a detail which had no influence on the later development of logic, but which yet may be reckoned an ingenious anticipation of the logic of relations. Galen, dividing syllogisms in his Introduction, distinguishes first between categorical and hypothetical syllogisms, thus separating term- and class-logic; he then adds a further class: 24.36 There is still a further, third class of syllogisms, useful for demonstration, which I characterize as based on relation. Aristotelians claim that they are counted as cate- goricals. They are not a little in use among the Sceptics, Arithmeticians and experts in calculation in certain arguments of this kind: 'Theon possesses twice what Dion possesses; but Philo too possesses twice what Theon possesses; therefore Philo possesses four times what Dion possesses.' This is in fact a substitution in a law of the logic of relations, and it is remarkable that Galen divides his logic just as Whitehead and Russell were to do in the 20th century. The content of his logic of relations is of course very poor, and he thinks that such laws are reducible to categorical syllogisms (24.37), which is a regress from the position of Aristotle. SUMMARY To summarize the results of post-Aristotelian antiquity we can say: 1. Propositional logic was then created. Some theorems of this kind were already known to Aristotle, sometimes even stated with propositional variables: but these were rather obiter dicta than systematically presented. In the Stoics on the other hand we meet systematic theory developed for its own sake. 2. This system is based on a fairly well worked out semantics, and it was expressly stated in the Stoic school that it was concerned 144 SUMMARY neither with words nor psychic images, hut with objective meanings, the lecla. We have therefore to thank them for a fundamental thesis which was to play a great part in the history of logic. 3. Megarian-Stoic logic contained an astonishingly exact analysis of proposition-forming functors: we find correctly formed truth-tables and a more intricate discussion of the meaning of implication than we seem yet to have attained in the 20th century. 4. In this period the method is formalistic. Unambiguous correlation of verbal forms to lecla being presupposed, attention is exclusively directed to the syntactical structure of expressions. The application of this method and the logical subtlety shown by the Stoics must be deemed quite exemplary. 5. This formalism is accompanied by a significant extension of logical technique, shown in the clear distinction between propositional functions and propositions themselves, the method of identification of variables, and the application of the rule permitting substi- tution of propositional functions for propositional variables. 6. Propositional logic is axiomatized, and a clear distinction drawn between laws and melalheorems. 7. Finally we have to thank the Megarian school for propound- ing the first important logical antinomy - the Liar - which for centuries remained one of the chief problems of formal logic, and is so even today. So without exaggeration one can say that the achieve- ments of this period make up antiquity's second basic contribution to formal logic. 145 PART III The Scholastic Variety of Logic §25. INTRODUCTION TO SCHOLASTIC LOGIC A. STATE OF RESEARCH At the present time much less is known about the history of scholastic than of ancient logic. The reason is that when Scholasti- cism ceased to be disparaged at the end of the nineteenth century, there was at first little revival of interest in its formal logic. This lack of interest is shown in the fact that of more than ten thousand titles of recent literature on Thomas Aquinas (up to 1953), very few concern his formal logic. There are indeed earlier works treating of questions of the literary history of scholastic logic - Grabmann having done most to find and publish texts -, but the investigation of their logical content only began with Lukasiewicz's paper of 1934 (25.01), pioneering in this field too. Under his influence some notable medievalists, e.g. besides Grabmann, K. Michalski, applied themselves to logical problems, and from his school there came the first work, well and systematically prepared, on medieval logic, the paper on the propositional logic of Ockham by J. Salamucha (1935) (25.02). A number of texts and treatises followed, those of Ph. Boeh- ner O.F.M. and E. Moody in the forefront. Today there is quite a group at work, though as yet a small one. But we are still at the beginning. Arabian and Jewish logic has hardly been touched ; texts and treatises are alike lacking. In the western domain some texts of Abelard have been published for the 12th century; for the 14th and 15th centuries we have hardly anything, either new editions of texts or works on them; the 13th century is almost completely inaccessible and unknown. For this last, besides the (fairly) reliable older editions of the works of Thomas Aquinas and (some works) of Duns Scotus, Peter of Spain and William of Shyreswood are available only in provisional editions. For the 14th century there is an edition of the first book of Ockham's Summa, and one of a small work ascribed to Burleigh.* Altogether we must say that the present state of research permits no general survey of the sources, growth and details of scholastic logic. B. PROVISIONAL PERIODS However, on the basis of the works of Ph. Boehner, E. Moody, L. Minio-Paluello, and of the ever-growing number of general studies of medieval philosophy, the history of medieval logic can be provisionally divided into the following periods : * The late Fr. Ph. Boehner was working on a critical edition of another work of Burleigh's and of the Perutilis Logica of Albert of Saxony. 148 PERIODS 1. transitional period: up to Abelard. So far as we know this is not remarkable for any logical novelties, and acquaintance even with earlier achievements was very limited. 2. creative period: beginning seemingly after Abelard, about 1150, and lasting to the end of the 13th century. Former achievement- now became known in the West, partly through the Arabs, partly (as L. Minio-Paluello has shown*) directly from Byzantium. At the same time work began on new problems, such as the proprieties lerminorum, properties of terms. By about 1260 the essentials of scholastic logic seem to have taken shape and been made widely known in text-books. The best known book of this kind, and the most authoritative for the whole of Scholasticism - though by no means the first or the only one - is the Summulae Logicales of Peter of Spain. 3. period of elaboration: beginning approximately with William of Ockham (ob. 1349/50)** and lasting till the close of the Middle Ages. No essentially new problems were posed, but the old were discussed very thoroughly and very subtly, which resulted in an extremely comprehensive logic and semiotic. So little is known of the whole development that we are unable even to name only the most important logicians. We can only say with certainty that the following among others exercised great influence : in the 12th century: Peter Abelard (1079-1142); in the 13th century : Albert the Great (1 193-1280) ; Robert Kilwardby (ob. 1279), William of Shyreswood (ob. 1249), Peter of Spain (ob 1277); in the 14th century: William of Ockham (ob. 1349/50), John Buridan*** (ob. soon after 1358), Walter Burleigh (ob. after 1343), Albert of Saxony (1316-1390), Ralph Strode (ca. 1370) ; in the 15th century: Paul of Venice (ob. 1429), Peter Tarteret (wrote between 1480 and 1490), Stephanus de Monte Appearance in this list comports no judgment of worth, especially as we hardly ever know whether a logician was original or only a copyist. * Verbal communication from Prof. L. Minio-Paluello to whom the author is obliged for much information about the 12th and beginning of the 13th century. ** Ockham's productive period in logic was wholly prior to 1328/29 ^25.03). * * * Ph. Boehner states that John of Cornubia (Pseudo-Scotus) may belong to the same period. 149 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC C. THE PROBLEM OF SOURCES Even the question of the literary sources for Scholasticism's new logical problems is not yet satisfactorily answered. The works of Aristotle provide some starting-points for the semiotic, especially the first five chapters of the Hermeneia and the Sophistic Refutations. Recent research shows that the latter had a decisive influence on the scholastic range of problems*. But even the early scholastic theory of the 'properties of terms' is so much richer and more many- sided than the Aristotelian semiotic, that other influences must be supposed. Grammar was certainly an important one: so far as we can tell, that was the basis on which the main semiotic problems were developed without much outside influence - e.g. the whole doctrine of supposition, the growth of which can be traced with some continuity. We have no more certain knowledge about the origin of the 'consequences'. Boethius's teaching about hypothetical sentences (rather than about hypothetical syllogisms) was undoubtedly very influential.** I.Thomas's recent inquiries (cf. footnote on 30.04) point to the Topics as a principal source; the Stoic fragments do not seem to have been operative, at least directly, although the Outlines of Pyrrhonism of Sextus Empiricus were already translated into Latin in the 14th century (25.04). We do find doctrines here and there which are recognizably Stoic, but in scholastic logical literature as a whole Stoic logic seems to have been known only in the (obscure) form of Boethius's syllogisms. But these do not underlie the con- sequences, since even in fairly late works the two are treated in distinction. Probably scholastic propositional logic is a rediscovery, starting from hints in the Topics and perhaps also the Hermeneia, rather than a continuation of Stoic logic. Arabian logicians certainly exercised some influence, though perhaps less than has commonly been supposed. But hardly any research has been done on this subject.*** D. LOGIC AND THE SCHOOLS The opinion has often been expressed in writings on the history of scholastic logic that it can be divided firstly according to schools, as it might be into nominalist and realist logic, secondly according to faculties, and so into an 'artistic' and a 'theological' logic. But these divisions are little relevant to formal logic as such. More * Verbal communication from Prof. Minio-Paluello. * * Prof. E. Moody has remarked on this to me. *** I. Madkour's VOrganon d'Aristote dans le monde Arabe (25.05) is quite inadequate. Prof. A. Badawi in Cairo has published and discussed a series of Arabic logical texts but unfortunately only in Arabic. Communications received from him indicate the presence of many interesting doctrines. 150 METHOD modern research has shown that a number of logicians belonging to sharply opposed philosophical schools, treated of just the same range of problems and gave the same answers. Thus in every case we have met there is but one doctrine of supposition, and differences are either to be ascribed to personal idiosyncrasy rather than philosophical presupposition, or else are more epistemological than logical. Any contrast between artistic and theological logic is hardly more in place. In the middle ages logic was always part of the curriculum of the faculty of arts, but no-one was admitted to the study of theology without having become Baccalaureun artium. Hence the chief theological works of this period presuppose and use the full range of 'artistic' logic. We should maintain only two distinctions relevant to this double division of logic: (1) the theolo- gians were not primarily interested in logic; (2) some of them elaborated logical doctrines of special importance for theology; an example is the doctrine of analogy of Thomas Aquinas. Thus in the Middle Ages we find essentially only one logic. Exceptions only occur where epistemological or ontological problems exert an influence, as in the determination of the notion of logic itself, and in the assigning of denotations. Everywhere else we find a unified logic, developing organically. The very multiplicity of medie- val views about extra-logical matters supports the thesis that formal logic is independent of any special philosophical position on the part of individual logicians. E. METHOD Our insufficient knowledge of the period makes it impossible to write a history of the evolution of its logic. A historical presentation would be possible for a few problems only, and even for those only for isolated spaces of time. The justification of this chapter in a work on the history of logical problems lies in the fact that, while un-historical in itself, it does to some extent exhibit one stage in the general development of logic. Two questions are raised by the choice of problems for discussion. The present state of research makes it likely that we are not ac- quainted with them all. In order not to miss at least the essentials, we have made great use of the Logica Magna of Paul of Venice, which expressly refers to all contemporary discussions and may rank as a veritable Summa of 14th century logic. Paul's range of problems has been enlarged by some further questions from other authors. The second difficulty is posed by those logical problems which overlap epistemology and methodology. Aristotle and the thinkers of the Megarian-Stoic school envisage them in a fairly simple way, but scholastic conceptions and solutions are much more complicated. In order not to overstep our limits too far, these matters will be touched on only very superficially. 151 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC F. CHARACTERISTICS A survey of the logical problems dealt with by the Scholastics clearly shows that they fall into two classes : on the one hand there are the ancient ones, Aristotelian or Megarian-Stoic, concerning e.g. categorical and modal syllogistic, hypothetical syllogisms (i.e. Stoic arguments) etc. The rest, on the other hand, are either quite new, or else presented in so new a guise as no longer to remind one of the Greeks. Conspicuous in this class are the doctrines of 'proper- ties of terms', of supposition, copulation, appellation and amplia- tion, then too the doctrine of consequences which while dependent on Aristotle's Topics and the Stoics, generalizes the older teaching and puts it in a new perspective. The same must be said about the insolubles (§ 35) which treat of the Liar and such-like but by new methods and in a much more general way. Generally speaking, whatever the Scholastics discuss, even the problems of antiquity, is approached from a new direction and by new means. This is more and more the case as the Middle Ages progress. There is firstly the metalogical method of treatment. Metalogical items are indeed to be found in Aristotle (14.85 fif.), but in Scholasticism, at least in the later period, there is nothing but metalogic, i.e. formulae are not exhibited but described, so that in many works, e.g. in the De purilaie artis logicae of Burleigh not a single variable of the object language is to be found. Even purely Aristotelian matters such as the categorical syllogism are dealt with from the new points of view, semiotic and other. In early Scholasticism a double line of development is detectable, problems inherited from antiquity being treated in the spirit of the ancient logicians, as in the commentaries of Albert the Great, and the new doctrine being developed in the very same work. Later the latter becomes more and more prominent, so that, as has been said, even genuinely Aristotelian problems are presented metalogically, in terms of the doctrine of supposition etc. In addition, scholastic logic, even by the end of the 13th century, is very rich, very formalistic and exact in its statement. Some treatises undoubtedly rank higher than the Organon and perhaps than the Megarian-Stoic fragments too. The title of Burleigh's work - 'De purilaie arlis logicae' - suits the content, for here is a genuinely pure formal logic. 152 I. SEMIOTIG FOUNDATIONS §26. SUBJECT-MATTER OF LOGIC To be able to understand what the Scholastics thought logic was about, one must be acquainted with the elements of their semiotic. Hence we give first two texts from Peter of Spain followed by one from Ockham, about sounds and terms. A. BASIC NOTIONS OF SEMIOTICS 26.01 A sound is whatever is properly perceived by hearing; for though a man or a bell may be heard, this is only by means of sound. Of sounds, one is voice, another not voice. Sound- voice is the same as voice; so voice is sound produced from the mouth of an animal, formed by the natural organs. . . . Of voices, one is literate, another not literate. Literate voice is that which can be written, e.g. 'man'; not literate is that which cannot be written. Of literate voices one is significant, another not significant. Significant voice is that which represents something to the hearing, e.g. 'man' or the groans of the sick which signify pain. Not significant voice is that which represents nothing to the hearing, e.g. 'bu', 'ba'. Of significant voices one signifies naturally, another convention- ally. Conventionally significant voice is that which represents something at the will of one who originates it, e.g. 'man'. Naturally significant voice is that which represents the same thing to all, e.g. the groans of the sick, the bark of dogs. Of conventionally significant voices one is simple or not complex, e.g. a noun or a verb, another composite or complex, e.g. a speech (oratio). . . . And it should be known that logicians (dialedicus) posit only two parts of speech, viz. noun and verb , calling the others 'syncategoremata'. 26.02 Of things which are said, some are said with com- plexity, e.g. 'a man runs', 'white man'. Others without complexity, e.g. 'man' by itself, a term that is not com- plex. ... A term, as here understood, is a voice signifying a universal or particular, e.g. 'man' or 'Socrates'. These texts contain doctrine generally accepted in Scholasticism. Another, no less widely recognized, is excellently summarized by Ockham, who uses the expression 'terminus conceptus' ('conceived term') instead of the usual 'terminus mentalis' ('thought term'). 153 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC 26.03 It is to be known that according to Boethius . . . speech is threefold, viz. written, spoken and conceived, this last having being only in the intellect, so (too) the term is threefold, viz. written, spoken and conceived. A written term is part of a proposition written down on some body which is seen or can be seen by a bodily eye. A spoken term is part of a proposition spoken by the mouth and apt to be heard with a corporeal ear. A conceived term is an intention or affection of the soul, naturally signifying something or con- signifying, apt to be part of a proposition in thought. . . . Those are the most important presuppositions for what follows. B. LOGIC AS A THEORY OF SECOND INTENTIONS Many early Scholastics give explicit definitions of logic. Disregard- ing these, we shall proceed to descriptions of the subject-matter of logic, of which we know two kinds. According to the first it consists in so-called second intentions. Three series of texts will illustrate the matter, taken from Thomas Aquinas (13th century), Ockham and Albert of Saxiony (early and late 14th century respectively). 26.04 Being is two-fold, being in thought (ens rationis) and being in nature. Being in thought is properly said of those intentions which reason produces (adinvenit) in things it considers, e.g. the intention of genus, species and the like, which are not found among natural objects, but are consequent on reason's consideration. This kind, viz. being in thought, is the proper subject-matter of logic. 26.05 The relation which is denoted (importatur) by this name 'the same' is merely a being in thought, if what is the same without qualification is meant: for such a relation can only consist in an ordering by the reason of something to itself, according to some two considerations of it. 26.06 Because relation has the weakest being of all the categories, some have thought that it belongs to second intentions (intelledibus). For the first things understood are the things outside the soul, to which the intellect is primarily directed, to understand them. But those intentions (inten- tiones) which are consequent on the manner of understanding are said to be secondarily understood. ... So according to this thesis (positio) it would follow that relation is not among the things outside the soul but merely in the intellect, like the 154 SEMIOTICS intention of genus and species and second (i.e. universal) substances. Thus according to Thomas the subject-matter of logic is such 'secondarily understood things' or 'second intentions', belonging to the domain of being in thought, and so lecta. Not all lecla, however, but a special kind, such as those corresponding to the meaning of logical constants. It is to be stressed that according to Thomas, as for the Stoics, the subject-matter of logic is nothing psychical, but something objective, which yet exists only in the soul. The nature of second intentions war much debated among Scholastics, and we know of many different opinions. Ockham says: 26.07 It should first be known that that is called an 'inten- tion of the soul' which is something in the soul apt to signify something else. . . . But what is it in the soul which is such a sign? It must be said that on that point (articulum) there are various opinions. Some say that it is only something fashioned by the soul. Others that it is a quality subjectively existing in the soul, distinct from the act of understanding. Others say that it is the act of understanding. . . . These opinions will be examined later. For the present it is enough to say that an intention is something in the soul which is a sign naturally signifying something for which it can stand (supponere) or which can be part of a mental proposition. Such a sign is twofold. One which is a sign of something which is not such a sign, . . . and that is called a 'first intention' such as is that intention of the soul which is predicable of all men, and similarly the intention predicable of all white- nesses, and blacknesses, and so on. . . . But a second intention is that which is a sign of such first intentions, such as are the intentions 'genus', 'species' and such-like. For as one intention common to all men is predicated of all men when one says: 'this man is a man', 'that man is a man', and so on of each one, similarly one intention common to those intentions which signify and stand for things is predicated of them when one says: . . . 'stone is a species', 'animal is a species, 'colour is a species' etc. The same doctrine is further developed by Albert of Saxony: 26.08 'Term of first intention' is the name given to that mental term which is significative of things not from the point of view of their being signs. Thus this mental term 'man', or this mental term 'being', or this mental term 'qua- 155 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC lity', or this mental term 'voice'. Hence this mental term 'man' signifies Socrates or Plato, and not insofar as Socrates or Plato are signs for other things. . . . But a mental term which is naturally significative of things insofar as they are signs is called a 'term of second intention', and if they ceased to be signs it would not signify them. Of this kind are the mental terms 'genus', 'species', 'noun', 'verb', 'case of a noun' etc. In the last two texts the conception is other than that of Thomas. Second intentions are there conceived in a purely semantic way; they are signs of signs, and for Albert signs of signs as such. Whether Ockham and Albert thought of logic as in any sense a science of second intentions remains open to question. One might perhaps give expression to both their views by saying that logic is a science constructed throughout in a meta-language,* remarking at the same time that the Scholastics included under 'signs' mental as well as exterior (written or spoken) signs. However, one common feature underlies all these fundamental differences; logic is sharply distinguished from ontology in the whole scholastic tradition. This is so for Thomas, since its object is not real things, but second intentions; and for his successors, since it is expressed not in an object- but in a meta-language. It should also be noted that in fact the entire practice of medieval logic corresponds to the Thomist conception of the object of logic, even though this conception was not the only one. For scholastic logic essentially consists of two parts: the doctrine of the properties of terms, and the doctrine of consequences. The properties of terms are evidently second intentions in the Thomist sense; and one must think oi consequences in the same light, since the logical relationships they exhibit (e.g. between antecedent and consequent) are not real things. C. FORMAL LOGIC AS A THEORY OF SYNCATEGOREMATIC EXPRESSIONS There is a difficulty in adopting the view that we have hypotheti- cally ascribed to Ockham about the subject matter of logic, in that it does not achieve a definition of logic as a distinct science, since every science can be formulated in a meta-language. But we find, though not explicitly, logic limited to concern with logical form, which leads to an exact definition of formal logic when this form is equated with the syncategoremata. Scholastic practice is wholly in accord with this definition in its cultivation of the corresponding * I am particularly obliged to Prof. E. Moody for valuable assistance with these questions. 156 SEMIOTICS theory of logical form. Three texts about Byncategoremata follow, one from William of Shyreswood (13th century), one from Ockham (beginning of 14th) and one from Buridan* (end of 14th). 26.09 To understand propositions one must know their parts. Their parts are twofold, primary and secondary. Primary parts are substantival names and verbs; these are necessary for an understanding of propositions. Secondary parts are adjectival names, adverbs, conjunctions and prepo- sitions; these are not essential to the constitution of proposi- tions. Some secondary parts are determinations of primary ones with reference to (ratione) their things (i.e. to which they refer), and such are not syncategoremata ; e.g. when I say 'white man' 'white' signifies that one of its things, a man, is white. Others are determinations of primary parts insofar as these are subjects or predicates; e.g. when I say 'every man runs', the 'every', which is a universal sign, does not mean that one of its things, namely a man, is universal, but that 'man' is a universal subject. Such are called 'syncategoremata' and will be treated (here), as offering considerable difficulties in discourse. Ockham affords a development of the same thought: 26.10 Categorematic terms have a definite and certain signification, e.g. this name 'man' signifies all men, and this name 'animal' all animals, and this name 'whiteness' all whitenesses. But syncategorematic terms, such as are 'all', 'no', 'some', 'whole', 'besides', 'only', 'insofar as' and such- like, do not have a definite and certain signification, nor do they signify anything distinct from what is signified by the categoremata. Rather, just as in arabic numeration a zero (cifra) by itself signifies nothing, but attached to another figure makes that signify, so a syncategorema properly speak- ing signifies nothing, but when attached to something else makes that signify something or stand for some one or more things in a determinate way, or exercises some other function about a categorema. Hence this syncategorema 'all' has no definite significate, but when attached to 'man' makes it * It is taken from the Consequentiae which is ascribed to Buridan in the early printed editions, though a letter from Fr. Ph. Boehner informs us that no MS of this work has yet been found. 157 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC stand or suppose for all men . . . , and attached to 'stone' makes it stand for all stones, and attached to 'whiteness' makes it stand for all whitenesses. And the same is to be held proportionately for the others, as for that syncategorema 'all', though distinct functions are exercised by distinct syncategoremata, as will later be shown for some of them. Evidently, the syncategoremata are our logical constants. That they determine logical form is expressly and consciously propound- ed by Buridan (whose text was later adopted almost word for word by Albert of Saxony: 26.11). 26.12 When form and matter are here spoken of, by the matter of a proposition or consequence is understood merely the categorematic terms, i.e. the subject and predicate, to the exclusion of the syncategorematic * ones attached to them, by which they are restricted, negated, or divided and given (trahuntur) a determinate kind of supposition. All else, we say, belongs to the form. Hence we say that the copula, both of the categorical and of the hypothetical proposition belongs to the form of the proposition, as also negations, signs, the number both of propositions and terms, as well as the mutual ordering of all the aforesaid, and the inter- connections of relative terms and the ways of signifying (modos significandi) which relate to the quantity of the proposition, such as discreteness**, universality etc. . . . E.g. . . Since modals have subordinate copulas and so differ from assertoric propositions, these differ in form ; and by reason of the negations and signs (signa) affirmatives are of another form than negatives, and universals than particulars; and by reason of the universality and discreteness*** of their terms singular propositions are of another form than indefinites ; by reason of the number of terms the following propositions are of different forms: 'man is man' and 'man is ass', as are the following consequences or hypothetical propositions: 'every man runs, therefore some man runs' and 'every man runs, therefore some ass walks about'. Similarly by reason of the order the following are of different forms: 'every man is animal', 'animal is every man', and likewise the following * Reading syncategoremaiicis for categoricis. * * Reading discretio for descriptio. * * * See last note. 158 CONTENT consequences: 'every B is A, therefore some B is A1 and 'every B is A, therefore some A is B' etc. Similarly by rea- son of the relationship and connection . . . 'the man runs, the man does not run' is of another form than this: 'the man runs and the same does not run': since its form makes the second impossible, but it is not so with the first. It is easy to establish that scholastic logic has for its object precisely form so conceived. The doctrine of the properties of terms treats of supposition, appellation, ampliation and such-like rela- tionships, all of which are determined in the proposition by syn- categorematic terms; while the second part of scholastic logic, comprising the doctrine of the syllogism, consequences etc., treats of formal consequence, which holds in virtue of the form as de- scribed. Expressed in modern terms, the difference between the two conceptions of logic that have been exemplified, is that the first is semantic, the second syntactical: for the first uses the idea of reference, the second determines logical form in a purely structural way. According to the second the logical constants are the subject- matter of logic, while on the view of Thomas this object is their sense. On either view Scholasticism achieved a very clear idea of logical form and so of logic itself. D. CONTENT OF THE WORKS Two kinds of logical works can be distinguished in Scholasticism, commentaries on Aristotle and independent treatises or manuals. To begin with, the composition of works even of the second kind is strongly influenced by the Aristotelian range of problems, at least in the sense that newer problems are incorporated into the frame- work of the Organon. It is only gradually that the ever growing importance of the new problems finds expression in the very con- struction of the works. We shall show this in some examples collected for the most part by Ph. Boehner (26.13). Albert the Great has no independent arrangement; his logic consists of commentaries on the writings of Aristotle and Boethius. The chief logical work of Peter of Spain falls into two parts; the first is markedly Aristotelian and contains the following treatises: On Propositions (= Hermeneia), On the Predicables (= Porphyry), On the Categories (= Categories), On Syllogisms (= Prior Analytics), On Loci (= Topics), Suppositions, On Fallacies (= Sophistic Refutations). 159 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC In the second part is to be found nothing but the new problematic, for it is divided into treatises on Relatives, Ampliations, Appellations, Restrictions, Distributions. Two points are notable: that propositions are discussed at the start (and not in the third place as in Porphyry and the Categories), and that the doctrine of supposition is inserted before the treatise on fallacies. That shows how the new problematic began to influence the older one. Ockham's Summa is divided in another way: I. Terms: 1. In general. 2. Predicables. 3. Categories. 4. Supposition. II. Propositions: 1. Categorical and modal propositions. 2. Conversion. 3. Hypothetical propositions. III. Arguments: 1. Syllogisms: a) assertoric, b) modal, c) mixed (from the first two kinds), d) 'exponibilia', e) hypothetical. 2. Demonstration (in the sense of the Posterior Analytics). 3. Further rules: a) Consequences. b) Topics. c) Obligations. d) Insolubles. 4. Sophistics. The general framework here is still Aristotelian, more so even than with Peter, but the new problematic has penetrated into the subdivisions. An Aristotelian title often conceals strange material, as when the chapter on the categories deals with typically scholastic problems about intentions etc. 160 CONTENT Walter Burleigh's De purilale artis logicae is divided thus: I. On terms: 1. Supposition. 2. Appellation. 3. Copulation. II. (Without title): 1. Hypothetical propositions. 2. Conditional syllogisms. 3. Other hypothetical syllogisms. Even this small sample shows how the scholastic range of problems is to the fore. Albert of Saxony divides his logic in this way: 1. Terms (in general). 2. Properties of terms (supposition, ampliation, appellation). 3. Propositions. 4. Consequences: a) in general. b) Propositional consequences. c) Syllogistic consequences. d) Hypothetical syllogisms. e) Modal syllogisms. f) Topics. 5. Sophistics. 6. Antinomies and obligations. Here the whole of Aristotelian and Stoic formal logic has been built into the scholastic doctrine of consequences, while this last is introduced by discussion of another typically scholastic matter, the properties of terms. Finally we consider the division of the Logica Magna of Paul Nicollet of Venice (ob. 1429), which is probably the greatest syste- matic work on formal logic produced in the Middle Ages. It falls into two parts, the first designed to treat of terms, the second of propositions, though in fact the first contains much about propo- sitions, and the second includes also the doctrine of consequences and syllogisms. Part I : 1. Terms. 2. Supposition. 3. Particles that cause difficulty. 4. Exclusive particles. 5. Rules of exclusive propositions. 6. Exceptive particles. 7. Rules of exceptive propositions. 8. Adversative particles. 161 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC 9. 'How'. 10. Comparatives. 11. Superlatives. 12. Objections and counter-arguments. 13. Categorematic 'whole' (totus). 14. 'Always' and 'ever'. 15. 'Infinite'. 16. 'Immediate'. 17. 'Begins' and 'ceases'. 18. Exponible propositions. 19. Propositio officiabilis. 20. Composite and divided sense. 21. Knowing and doubting. 22. Necessity and contingence of future events. Part II : 1. Propositions (in general). 2.-3. Categorical propositions. 4. Quantity of propositions. 5. Logical square. 6. Equivalences. 7. Nature of the proposition in the square. 8. Conversion. 9. Hypothetical propositions. 10. Truth and falsity of propositions. 11. Signification of propositions. 12. Possibility, impossibility. 13. Syllogisms. 14. Obligations. 15. Insolubles. Here the treatise on consequences has disappeared, having been incorporated into that on hypothetical propositions.* §27. SUPPOSITION We begin our presentation of scholastic logic with the doctrine of supposition. This is one of the most original creations of Schola- sticism, unknown to ancient and modern logic, but playing a * The following figures will give an idea of the scope of this work. The Logica Magna occupies 199 folios of four columns each containing some 4600 printed signs, so that the whole work comprises about 3,650,000 signs. This corresponds to at least 1660 normal octavo pages, four to five volumes. But the Logica Magna is only one of four works by Paul on formal logic, the others together being even more voluminous. None of it is merely literary work, but a pure logic, written in terse and economical language. 162 SUPPOSITION central role here. Unpublished research of L. Minio Paluello enables us to trace its origin to the second hall of the 12th century. By the middle of the 13th all available sources witness to its being every- where accepted. Later there appear some developments of detail, but no essentially new fundamental ideas. We shall first illustrate the notion of supposition in general, then proceed to the theory of material and simple supposition, and finally mention other kinds. A. CONCEPT OF SUPPOSITION The notion of supposition is already well defined in Shyreswood, and distinguished by him from similar 'properties of terms' : 27.01 Terms have four properties, which we shall now distinguish. . . . These properties are signification, supposition, copulation and appellation. Signification is the presentation of a form to the reason. Supposition is the ordering of one concept (intelledus) under another. Copulation is the ordering of one concept over another. It is to be noted that supposition and copulation, like many words of this kind, are proffered (dicuntur) in two senses, according as they are supposed to be actual or habitual. Their definitions belong to them according as they are supposed to be actual. But insofar as they are supposed to be habitual, 'supposition' is the name given to the signification of something as subsisting; for what subsists is naturally apt to be ordered under another. And 'copulation' is the name given to the signification of some- thing as adjacent, for what is adjacent is naturally apt to be ordered over another. But appellation is the present attribution of a term, i.e. the property by which what a term signifies can be predicated of something by means of the verb 'is'. It follows that signification is present in every part of speech, supposition only in substantives, pronouns or sub- stantival particles; for these (alone) signify the thing as subsistent and of such a kind as to be able to be set in order under another. Copulation is in all adjectives, participles and verbs, appellation in all substantives, adjectives and parti- ciples, but not in pronouns since these signify substance only, not form. Nor is it in verbs. . . . None of these three, supposi- tion, copulation and appellation is present in the indeclinable parts (of speech), since no indeclinable part signifies substance or anything in substance. 163 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC Thomas Aquinas speaks in similar fashion: 27.02 The proper sense (ratio) of a name is the one which the name signifies; . . . But that to which the name is attri- buted if it be taken directly under the thing signified by the name, as determinate under indeterminate, is said to be supposed by the name; but if it be not directly taken under the thing of the name, it is said to be copulated by the name; as this name 'animal' signifies sensible animate substance, and 'white' signifies colour disruptive of sight, while 'man' is taken directly under the sense of 'animal' as determinate under indeterminate. For man is sensible animate substance with a particular kind of soul, viz. a rational one. But it is not directly taken under white, which is extrinsic to its essence. 27.03 The difference between substantives and adjectives consists in this, that substantives refer to (ferunt) their suppositum, adjectives do not, but posit in the substance* that which they signify. Hence the logicians (sophistae) say that substantives suppose, adjectives do not suppose but copulate. The doctrine implicit in these texts was later expressly formulated by Ockham: 27.04 (Supposition) is a property belonging to terms, but only as (they occur) in a proposition. B. MATERIAL AND FORMAL SUPPOSITION Shyreswood writes: 27.05 Supposition is sometimes material, sometimes formal. It is called material when an expression (diciio) stands either for an utterance (vox) by itself, or for the expression which is composed of an utterance and (its) significance, e.g. if we were to say: 'homo' consists of two syllables, 'homo' is a name. It is formal when an expression stands for what it signifies. 27.06 The first division of supposition is disputed. For it seems that kinds not of supposition but of signification are there distinguished. For signification is the presentation of a form to the reason. So that where there is different presenta- Reading substantiam for substantivum. 164 SUPPOSITION tion there is different signification. Now when an expression supposes materially it presents either itself or its utterance; but when formally, it presents what it signifies; therefore it presents something different (in each case); therefore it signifies something different. But that is not true, since expressions by themselves always present what they signify, and if they present their utterance they do not do this of themselves but through being combined with a predicate. For some predicates naturally refer to the mere utterance or to the expression, while others refer to what is signified. But this effects no difference in the signification. For the expression as such, before ever being incorporated in a sentence, already has a significance which does not arise from its being co- ordinated with another. On this question Thomas Aquinas remarks: 27.07 One could object to this (teaching of ours) also, that verbs in other moods (than the infinitive) seem to be put as subjects, e.g. if one says: 'I run is a verb'. But it must be said that the verb 'I run' is not taken formally in this state- ment (locutio). (i.e.) with its signification referred to a thing, but as materially signifying the word itself which is taken as a thing. The expressions 'suppositio materialis' and 'suppositio formalis' have also another meaning for Thomas. He sometimes uses the first for suppositio personalis (cf. 27.23 ff.) and the second for suppositio simplex (cf. 27.17f.) : 27.08 A term put as subject holds (tenetur) materially, i.e. (stands) for the suppositum; but put as predicate it holds formally, i.e. (stands) for the nature signified. Perhaps this ambiguity accounts for the expression 'formal supposition', that we have found in Shyreswood and Thomas, later disappearing, so far as we know, outside the Thomist school.* Even by Ockham's time supposition is divided immediately into three kinds: 27.09 Supposition is first divided into personal, simple and material. *Fr. Ph. Boehner is to be thanked for the information that this expression occurs in Chr. Javellus (ob. 1538). 165 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC The two first of those are sub-species of the formal supposition of Shyreswood and Thomas, which Ockham no longer refers to. His division is subsequently the usual one, except among the Thomists. In 27.05 we read of an 'utterance by itself and an 'expression which is composed of an utterance and (its) significance'. This distinction is developed at the end of the 15th century by Peter Tarteret: 27.10 Material supposition is the acceptance of a term for its non-ultimate significate, or its non- ultimate significates In which it is to be noticed that significates are two-fold, ultimate and non-ultimate. The ultimate significate is that which is ultimately signified by a term signifying conven- tionally, and ultimately or naturally and properly. But the non-ultimate significate is the term itself, or one vocally or graphically similar, or one mentally equivalent. From which it follows that a vocal or written term is said to signify conventionally in two ways, either ultimately or non-ulti- mately. Ultimately it signifies what it is set to signify; but a vocal term is said to signify conventionally and non-ulti- mately a synonymous written term; and a written term is said to signify non-ultimately an utterance synonymous with it. . . . From the modern point of view this doctrine reflects our distinc- tion of language and meta-language, except that in place of two languages, symbols of one language exercise a two-fold supposition. Furthermore, the two last-cited texts exhibit the important distinc- tion between the name of an individual symbol and the name of a class of equiform symbols. We do not find this in the logistic period till after 1940. This distinction first occurs, so far as we know, in St. Vincent Ferrer* (14th century), as a division of material supposition: 27.11 Material supposition is divided as is formal. One (kind of material supposition) is common, the other discrete. * Vincent Ferrer was the greatest preacher of his time. We would add that Savonarola was also an important logician. A similar link between deep religiDUS life and a talented interest in formal logic is also to be observed in Indian culture especially among the Buddhists. This would seem to be a little known and as yet unexplained phenomenon. The authenticity of Vincent Ferrer's philosophical opuscules De Suppositionibus and De imitate universalis has been challenged so far as we know only by S. Brettle (vid. Additions to Bibliography 3.98). To his p. 105 note 3 should be added a, here relevant, reference to p. 33 note 10. M. G. Miralles (vid. Additions) summarizes the arguments for and against, and concludes with M. Gorce (vid. Additions): 'L'authenticite des deux 6crits n'a ete jamais mise en doute. Le temoignage du contemporain Ranzzano suffit a la prouver.' 166 SUPPOSITION It is discrete if the term or utterance stands determinately for a suppositum of its material significate. And thus discrete material* suppositum occurs in three ways. In one way through the utterance or term itself, as when one asks: 'What is it you want to say?' and the other answers: 'I say "buf" and '"baf" is said by me', (then) the subject of this proposition supposes materially and discretely since it stands for the very utterance numerically identical (with it) (cf. 11.11). This becomes more evident if names are assigned to the individual terms in such a way that as this name 'man' * signifies this individual man so this name lA' signifies that individual word 'buf' and '£' the other ('baf'). And then if it is said: lA is an utterance' or 'A is said by me', the subject supposes materially and discretely, as in the proposi- tion 'Socrates runs' the subject supposes formally and dis- cretely. 27.12 It occurs secondly through a demonstrative name (nomen) demonstrating an utterance or singular term, as when the utterance of the term 'man' is written somewhere and one says, with reference to this utterance: 'That is a name'. Then the subject of the proposition supposes materially for that which it demonstrates. It occurs in a third way through a term. . . ., which is determined by a demonstrative pronoun, as when it is said of the written utterance 'man': 'this "man" is a name' or 'this utterance is a name'. And each of these ways . . . can be varied by natural, personal or simple supposition, as was said about singular formal supposition. Common (communis) material supposition is when the utterance or term stands indeterminately for its material signification, as when it is said: "people" is written' the sub- ject of this proposition stands indeterminately for this term 'people', or (in another example) for some other (term). I do not say that in the proposition '"people" is written' or in some other such that the supposition is indeterminate, but that the subject is indeterminate and is taken indeterminately Material common supposition is divided into natural, personal and simple supposition, like common formal supposi- * Reading materialis for formalis. ** Reading homo for primo. 167 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC tion. . . . An example of personal : ' "man" is heard', ' "man" is written ',' "man" is answered'. An example of simple (supposition): '"man" is a species of utterance', '"man" is conceived', '"man" is said by this man'; and so on in many other cases as everyone can see for himself. So material supposition is divided just as is formal. These texts exhibit scholastic semantics at its best. This accuracy of analysis is the more astonishing when one remembers that the distinction mentioned in the introduction to 27.11 remained unknown, not only to the decadent 'classical' logicians, but also to mathematical ones for nearly a century. It should also be noticed that in the text of Tarteret just cited, a distinction occurs which cannot be expressed in contemporary terms. The Scholastics distinguished, as has already be said above (26.03) three inter-related kinds of sign: graphical, vocal and psychic, and a materially supposing graphical sign can stand either for itself (or its equiforms) or for the corresponding vocal or psychic sign. Burleigh has another division, parallel to that between material and formal supposition: 27.13 The tenth rule is: that on every act that is accom- plished there follows the act that is signified, and conversely. For it follows: 'man is an animal, therefore "animal" is predicated of "man"', for the verb 'is' accomplishes predica- tion, and this verb 'is predicated' signifies predication, and syncategorematic particles accomplish acts, and adjectival verbs signify such acts. E.g. the sign 'all' accomplishes distribution, and the verb 'to distribute' signifies distributions; the particle 'if exercises consequence, and this verb 'it follows' signifies consequence. It was said above that this distinction runs parallel with that between formal and material supposition, for it could easily be translated into it. But Burleigh would not seem to be thinking of these suppositions here; by 'the act signified' he means not words, but their significates. For in his example, the word 'animal' is not predicated of the word 'man', but what the first signifies is predi- cated of that for which the second supposes. C. SIMPLE SUPPOSITION Along with the idea of material supposition, that of simple (simplex) supposition is an interesting scholastic novelty. On this subject we can limit ourselves to the 13th century, and mainly to 168 SUPPOSITION Peter of Spain. First we shall give some of his general divisions of formal supposition : 27.14 One kind of supposition is common, another discrete. Common supposition is effected by a common term such as 'man'. Again of common suppositions one kind is natural, another accidental. Natural supposition is the taking of a common term for everything of which it is naturally apt to be predicated, as 'man' taken by itself naturally possesses supposition for all men who are and who have been and who will be. Accidental supposition is the taking of a common term for everything for which its adjunct requires (it to be taken). E.g. 'A man exists'; the term 'man' here supposes for present men. But when it is said: 'a man was', it supposes for past men. And when it is said : 'a man will be', it supposes for future ones, and so has different suppositions according to the diversity of its adjuncts. Later on we also meet with an 'improper' (27.15) and a 'mixed' (27.16) supposition. The first simply consists in the metaphorical use of a term. The second was introduced to elucidate the function of terms of which one part supposed in one way, another in another. From the logical point of view these are not very important ideas. Of greater importance is Peter's continuation : 27.17 Of accidental suppositions one is simple, another personal. Simple supposition is the taking of a common term for the universal thing symbolized (figurata) by it, as when it is said : 'man is a species' or 'animal is a genus', the term 'man' supposes for man in general and not for any of its inferiors, and similarly in the case of any common term, as 'risible is a proprium', 'rational is a difference'. 27.18 Of simple suppositions one belongs to a common term set as subject, as 'man is a species'; another belongs to a common term set as an affirmative predicate, as 'every man is an animal'; the term 'animal' set as a predicate has simple supposition because it only supposes for the generic nature; yet another belongs to a common term put after an exceptive form of speech, as 'every animal apart from man is irrational'. The term 'man' has simple supposition. Hence it does not follow: 'every animal apart from man is irrational, therefore every animal apart from this man (is irrational)', for there is there the fallacy of the form of speech (cf. 11.19), when passage is made from simple to personal supposition. Similarly 169 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC here: 'man is a species, therefore some man (is a species)'. In all such cases passage is made from simple to personal sup- position. 27.19 But that a common term put as predicate is to be taken with simple supposition is clear when it is said : 'of all contraries there is one and the same science', for unless the term 'science' had simple supposition there would be a fallacy. For no particular science is concerned with all contraries; medicine is not concerned with all contraries but only with what is healthy and what is sick, and grammar with what is congruous and incongruous, and so on. This is to be compared with the text of Thomas cited above (27.08). The following text from him from a theological context expresses the matter clearly: 27.20 The proposition homo fadus est Deus . . . can be understood as though fadus determines the composition, so that the sense would be: 'a man is in fact God', i.e. it is a fact that a man is God. And in this sense both are true, homo fadus est Deus and Deus fadus est homo. But this is not the proper sense of these propositions (locutionum), unless they were to be so understood that 'man' would have not personal but simple supposition. For although this (concrete) man did not become God, since the suppositum of this, the person of the Son of God, was God from eternity, yet man, speaking universally, was not always God. This text has the further importance that it may suggest the rea- son why the Scholastics spoke of 'personal' supposition, this being the function exercised by a term in standing for individuals or an individual (suppositum). For this recalls to the mind of a Scholastic the famous theological problem of the person of Christ, as in 27.20. The essentials of the scholastic doctrine of simple supposition may be summed up thus: in the proposition lA is B', the subject 'A' has of itself personal supposition, i.e. it stands for the individuals, but the predicate lB' has simple supposition, i.e. it stands either for a property or a class. But one can also frame propositions in which something is predicated of such a property or class, and then the subject must have simple supposition. It can be seen that this doctrine deals with no less a subject than the distinction between two logical types, the first and second (cf. 48.21). These simple but historically important facts are complicated by the scholastic development of two other problems along with this doctrine. They are (1) the problem of analysing propositions, 170 SUPPOSITION whether they should be understood in a purely extensions! fashion, or with extensional subject and intensional predicate. Thomas and Peter, in the texts cited, adopt the second position. We shall treat this problem a little more explicitly in a chapter on the analysis of propositions (29.02-04). Then (2) there is the problem of the semantic correlate of a term having simple supposition. This is a very difficult philosophical problem, and the Scholastics were of varying opinions about its solution. In 27.18 Peter seems to think that a term with simple supposition stands for the essence (nature) of the object. On the other hand Ockham and his school hold that the semantic correlate of such a term is simple, 'the intention of the soul': 27.21 A term cannot have simple or material supposition in every proposition but only when ... it is linked with another extreme which concerns an intention of the soul or an utterance or something written. E.g. in the proposition 'a man is running' the 'man' cannot have simple or material supposition, since 'running' does not concern either an intention of the soul, nor an utterance nor something written. But in the proposition 'man is a species' it can have simple supposition because 'species' signifies an intention of the soul. In this and similar texts (27.22) it is of logical interest that Ockham and his followers were apparently trying to give an exten- sional interpretation even to terms having simple supposition; their correlates would be (concrete) intentions. After Buridan there were in the Middle Ages, as at the beginning of the 20th century, some logicians who equated simple and material supposition. Paul of Venice gives that information : 27.23 Simple supposition is distinct from material and personal ; some say otherwise, and make no distinction between simple and material supposition. But (wide) it is evident that the subject does not suppose materially when it is said: 'the divine essence is inwardly communicable'. D. PERSONAL SUPPOSITION The most usual supposition of a term is personal. As Ockham says: 27.24 It is also to be noticed that in whatever proposition it be put, a term can always have personal supposition, unless it be restricted to some other by the will of those who use it. 171 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC We give the definition and divisions of this kind of supposition according to Peter of Spain, whose text contains the essentials of the doctrine that remained standard till the end of the scholastic period. 27.25 Personal supposition is the taking of a common term for its inferiors, as when it is said 'a man runs', the term 'man' supposes for its inferiors, viz. for Socrates and for Plato and so on. 27.26 Of personal suppositions one kind is determinate, another confused. Determinate supposition is the taking of a common term put indefinitely or with the sign of particularity, as 'a man runs' or 'some man runs', and both are called 'determinate' because although in both the term 'man' supposes for every man, whether running or not, yet they are true only for one man running. For it is one thing to suppose (for things), and another to render the proposition true for one of them*. But as has been said, the term 'man' supposes for all whether running or not, yet renders the propositions true only for one who is running. But it is clear that the supposition is determinate in both (propositions), because when it is said: 'An animal is Socrates, an animal is Plato, and so on, therefore every animal is every man', this is the fallacy of the form of speech (proceeding) from a number of determinates to one (cf. 11.19 and 27.18). And so a common term put indefinitely has determinate supposition, and similarly if it has the sign of particularity. 27.27 But confused supposition is the taking of a common term for a number of things by means of the sign of univer- sality, as when it is said: 'every man is an animal', the term 'man' is taken for a number by means of the sign of uni- versality, being taken for each of its individuals. Subsequent division of confused supposition into that which is confused by the requirements of the sign (necessitate signi) and that which is confused by the requirements of the thing (rei) (27.28) is shortly after rejected by Peter. He gives a further division of perso- nal supposition: 27.29 Of personal supposition one kind is restricted, another extended (ampliata). * Reading praedictis for praedicatis. 172 AMPLIATION E. INTERPRETATION IN MODERN TERMS If we ask how the expression 'supposition' is to be rendered in modern terms, we have to admit that it cannot he. 'Supposition' covers numerous semiotic functions for which we now have no common name. Some kinds of supposition quite clearly belong to semantics, as in the case of both material suppositions, and personal ; others again, such as simple supposition and those into which personal supposition is subdivided, are as Moody has acutely remark- ed (27.30), not semantical but purely syntactical functions. The most notable difference between the doctrine of supposition and the corresponding modern theories lies in the fact that while contemporary logic as far as possible has one sign for one function, e.g. a sign for a word, another for the word's name, one for the word in personal, another for it in simple supposition, the Scholastics took equiform signs and determine their functions by establishing their supposition. And this brings us back to the fundamental difference already remarked on between the two forms of formal logic; scholastic logic dealt with ordinary language, contemporary logic develops an artificial one. §28. AMPLIATION, APPELLATION, ANALOGY Among the other properties of terms three that seem to be of parti- cular interest for formal logic will be illustrated with some texts, viz. ampliation, appellation and analogy. A. AMPLIATION Peter of Spain writes: 28.01 Restriction is the narrowing of a common term from a wider (maiore) supposition to a narrower, as when it is said 'a white man runs' the adjective 'white' restricts 'man' to supposing for white ones. Ampliation is the extension (exiensio) of a common term from a narrower supposition to a wider, as when it is said 'a man can be Antichrist' the term 'man' supposes not only for those who are now, but also for those who will be. Hence it is extended to future ones. I say 'of a common term' because a discrete term is neither restricted nor extended. One kind of ampliation is effected by a verb, as by the verb 'can', e.g. 'a man can be Antichrist'; another is effected by a name, e.g. 'it is possible that a man can be Antichrist' ; another by a participle, e.g. 'a man is able (potens) to be Antichrist' ; another by an adverb, e.g. 'a man is necessarily an 173 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC animal'. For (in the last) 'man' is extended not only for the present but also for the future. And so there follows another division of ampliation : one kind of ampliation being in respect of supposita, e.g. 'a man can be Antichrist', another with respect to time, e.g. 'a man is necessarily an animal', as has been said. Essentially the same doctrine but more thoroughly developed is found at the end of the 14th century in Albert of Saxony: 28.02 Ampliation is the taking of a term for one or more things beyond what is actually the case: for that or those things for which the proposition indicates (denotat) that it is used. Certain rules are established in this respect: 28.03 The first is this: every term having supposition in respect of a verb in a past tense is extended to stand for what was, e.g. when it is said: 'the white was black', 'the white' is taken in this proposition not only for what is white but for what was white. 28.04 Second rule : a term having supposition in respect of a verb in a future tense is extended to stand for what is or will be. . . . 28.05 Third rule : every term having supposition with respect to the verb 'can' is so extended as to stand for what is or can be. E.g. 'the white can be black' means that what is white or can be white, can be black. . . . 28.06 Fourth rule : A term having supposition in respect of the verb 'is contingent' is extended to stand for what is or can contingently be (contingit esse). And that is Aristotle's opinion in the first book of the Prior {Analytics). . . . 28.07 Fifth rule: A term subjected in a proposition in respect of a past participle, even though the copula of this proposition is a verb in the present, is extended to stand for what was. . . . E.g. in the proposition 'a certain man is dead' the subject stands for what is or has been. 28.08 Sixth rule : In a proposition in which the copula is in the present, but the predicate in the future, the subject is extended to stand for what is or will be. E.g. 'a man is one who will generate'; for this proposition indicates that one who is or will be a man is one who will generate. 28.09 Seventh rule: If the proposition has a copula in the present and a predicate that includes the verb 'can', as is the case with verbal names ending in '-ble' ('-ibile'), then the sub- 174 APPELLATION ject is extended to stand for what is or can be, e.g. when it is said: 'the man is generable'. For this is equivalent (valet) to: 'the man can be generated' in which 'man' is extended, according to the third rule, to stand for what is or can be. . . . 28.10 Eighth rule: all verbs which, although not in the present, have it in their nature to be able to extend to a future, past or possible thing as to a present one, extend the terms to every time, present, past and future. Such e.g. are these: 'I understand', 'I know', 'I am aware', 'I mean (significo)' etc. 20.11 Ninth rule: the subject of every proposition de necessario in the divided sense (cf. § 29, D.) is extended to stand for what is or can be. E.g. 'every B is necessarily A'; for this is equivalent to (valet dicere) 'Whatever is or can be B, is necessarily A'. . . . 28.12 Tenth rule: if no ampliating term is present in a proposition, its subject is not extended but this proposition indicates that (the subject stands) only for what is. This text is a fine example of scholastic analysis of language. It introduces a notable enlargement of the doctrine of supposition, dividing the objects for which a term may stand into three tem- poral classes to which is added the class of possible objects. It can readily be seen that this doctrine makes an essential contri- bution to the problem of the so-called void class, since the expres- sion 'void class' receives as many different denotata as there are kinds of ampliation. This can be compared with the modern me- thods of treating the problem (cf. § 46, A and B). Albert's seventh, eighth and ninth rules also contain an analysis of modal propositions, but this subject will be considered in greater detail below (§ 33). B. APPELLATION Closely connected with ampliation is the so-called appellation, also relevant to the problem of the void class. The theory of it was already well developed in the 13th century, was further enlarged in the 14th when there were various theories different from that of the 13th.* We cite two 13th century texts, one from Peter of Spain and one from Shyreswood: 28.13 Appellation is the taking of a term for an existent thing. I say 'for an existent thing' since a term signifying a non-existent has no appellation, e.g. 'Caesar' or 'Anti-christ' * For information on these points and much other instruction on the doc- trines of supposition and appellation I am obliged to Prof. E. Moody. 175 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC etc. Appellation differs from supposition and signification in that appellation only concerns existents, but supposition and signification concern both existents and non-existents, e.g. 'Antichrist' signifies Antichrist and supposes for Antichrist but does not name (appellai) him, whereas 'man' signifies man and naturally supposes for existent as well as non-existent men but only names existent ones. Of appellations one kind belongs to common terms such as 'man', another to singular terms such as 'Socrates'. A singular term signifies, supposes and names the same thing, because it signifies an existent, e.g. 'Peter'. Further, of appellations belonging to common terms one kind belongs to a common term (standing) for the common thing itself, as when a term has simple supposition, e.g. when it is said : 'man is a species' or 'animal is a genus' ; and then the common term signifies, supposes and names the same thing, as 'man' signifies man in general and supposes for man in general and names man in general. Another kind belongs to a common term (standing) for its inferiors, as when a common term has personal supposition, e.g. when it is said : 'a man runs'. Then 'man' does not signify, suppose and name the same thing; because it signifies man in general and supposes for particular men and names particular existent men. 28.14 Supposition belongs to (inest) a term in so far as it is under another. But appellation belongs to a term in so far as it is predicable of its (subordinate) things by means of the verb 'is'. . . . Some say therefore that the term put as subject supposes, and that put as predicate names. ... It should also be understood that the subject-term names its thing, but not qua subject. The predicate-term on the other hand names it qua predicate. The following from Buridan may serve as an example of 14th century theories:* 28.15 First it is to be understood that a term which can naturally suppose for something names all that it signifies or consignifies unless it be limited to what it stands for. . . . E.g. 'white' standing for men names whiteness, and 'great' greatness, and 'father' the past (act of) generation and someone * These texts were communicated by Prof. E. Moody who also pointed out their great importance. He is to be thanked also for the main lines of the commen- tary. 176 ANALOGY else whom the father has generated, and 'the distant' names that from which it is distant and the space (dimensionem) between them by which it is made distant. . . . 28.16 A term names what it names as being somehow determinant (per modum adiacenlis aliquo modo) or not determinant of that for which it stands or naturally can stand. . . . Thirdly it is to be held that according to the different positive kinds of determination of the things named - the things for which the term stands - there are different kinds of predication, such as how, how many, when, where, how one is related to another, etc. It is from these different kinds of predication that the different predicaments are taken . . . (cf. 11.15). 28.17 Appellative terms name differently in respect of an assertoric verb in the present and in respect of a verb in the past and in the future, and in respect of the verb 'can' or of 'possible'; since in respect of a verb in the present the appel- lative term - provided there is not ampliative term - whether it be put as subject or predicate, names its thing as something connected with it in the present, for which the term can naturally stand, and as connected with it in this or that man- ner, according to which it names. This is a different doctrine from that of the 13th century, and seems to be of the highest importance. For according to it a term does not name what it stands for but something related to it by, it would seem, any relation. Buridan says this expressly for the term 'distant'. If A is distant from B 'distant' does not name A, but precisely B. That indicates a clear notion of relation-logic. Where we should write 'relation', Buridan has adiacentia. Especially im- portant is 28.16 where Buridan goes so far as to say that absolute terms are definable by relations, an idea corresponding to the relative descriptions of 47.20. Some interesting results would follow from the detailed working out of the basic notions of this text, e.g. a theory of plural quantification, but we have no knowledge of this being done in the Middle Ages. C. ANALOGY In the present state of research it is unfortunately impossible to present the scholastic theory of meaning with any hope of doing justice even only to its essentials. However, we shall treat of a further important point in this field, the theory of analogy. This 177 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC is of direct relevance to formal logic, and fairly well explored. A single text from Thomas Aquinas will suffice: 28.18 Nothing can be predicated univocally of God and creatures; for in all univocal predication the sense (ratio) of the name is common to both things of which the name is univocally predicated . . . and yet one cannot say that what is predicated of God and creatures is predicated purely equivo- cally. ... So one must say that the name of wisdom is predi- cated of God's wisdom and ours neither purely univocally nor purely equivocally, but according to analogy, by which is just meant: according to a proportion. But conformity (convenientia) according to a proportion can be twofold, and so a twofold community of analogy is to be taken account of. For there is a conformity between the things themselves which are proportioned to one another in having a determinate distance of some other relationship (habitudinem) to one ano- ther, e.g. (the number) 2 to unity, 2 being the double. But we also sometimes take account of conformity between two things which are not mutually proportioned, but rather there is a likeness between two proportions; e.g. 6 is conformed to 4 because as 6 is twice 3 so 4 is twice 2. The first conformity then is one of proportion, but the second of proportionality. So it is then that according to the first kind of conformity we find something predicated analogically of two things of which one has a relationship to the other, as being is predicated of substance and of accident owing to the relationship which substance and accident have (to one another), and health is predicated of urine and animals, since urine has some relation- ship * to the health of animals. But sometimes predication is made according to the second kind of conformity, e.g. the name of sight is predicated of corporeal sight and of intellect, because as sight is in the eye, so intellect is in the mind. This is about the clearest text of the many in which Thomas Aquinas speaks of analogy (28.19). It has been only too often misunderstood, but deserves fairly thorough discussion from the historian of logic because of its historical as well as systematic significance. We therefore draw attention to the following points: This text deals explicitly with a question of semantics - Thomas speaks of names - and it is noteworthy that he himself, like his best commentator Cajetan (28.20), almost always considers analogy as * Reading habitudinem for similitudinem. 178 ANALOGY 'of names'. Of course he does not mean mere utterances, but mean- ingful words, in accordance with the scholastic usage illustrated previously. Now our text speaks of three classes of names: univocal, equivo- cal and analogous names. The last are intermediate between the two first. The class of analogous names falls into two sub-classes: those analogous according to a proportion, and those according to proportionality. Both these divisions originate with Aristotle (10.29 and 10.31), but the hasty indications of the Nichomachean Ethics are here developed into a systematic logical doctrine. While the thomist doctrine of the first class of analogous names is here only of interest as showing an attempt to formalize the rules of their use, the theory of the second class, i.e. of names analogous according to proportionality, is nothing less than a first formulation of the notion of isomorphy (cf. 47.41). That this is so can be seen as follows : Let us note first that according to the text an analogous name of the second kind always refers to a relation or relata defined by one. Certainly something absolute is also implied by each of the subjects in such an analogy, but this is precisely different in each, and in that respect the name is equivocal. The community of reference consists only in regard to certain relations. But it is not a matter of just one relation, rather of two similar ones. This is explicit in the text, only the example (6:3 = 4:2) is misleading since we have there an identity of two relations. That Thomas is not thinking of such is shown by the illustrations, first in the domain of creatures (sight: eye — intellect: mind), then in God (divine being: God - creaturely being: creature). The ruling idea is then of a relation of similarity between two relations. This relation between relations is such as to allow inference from what we know about one to something about the other, though at the same time we have the assertion : 'we cannot know what God is' (28.21). The apparent contradiction disappears when it is realized that we are dealing with isomorphy. For this does in fact allow one to transfer something from one relation to another, without afford- ing any experience of the relata. The use of a mathematical example is noteworthy, taken more- over from the only algebraic function then known. This is not only to be explained by the mathematical origin of the doctrine of analogy in Aristotle, but also perhaps by a brilliant intuition on the part of Aquinas who dimly guessed himself to be establishing a thesis about structure. In any case the text is of the utmost historical importance as being the first indication of a study of structure, which was to become a main characteristic of modern science. 179 § 29. STRUCTURE AND SENSE OF PROPOSITIONS A. DIVISION OF PROPOSITIONS We give first a text of Albert of Saxony which summarizes the commonly received scholastic doctrine of the kinds of atomic (categorical) propositions : 29.01 Of proposition some are categorical, others hypo- thetical. But some of the categorical are said to be hypothetical in signification, such as the exclusive, exceptive and redupli- cative propositions, and others besides. Then of the categorical propositions that are not equi- valent to the hypothetical in signification - such as 'man is an animal' and such-like - some are said to be assertoric (de inesse) or of simple inherence; others are said to be modal or of modified inherence. . . . Again of categorical propositions of simple inherence some have ampliative subjects, as 'a man is dead', 'Antichrist will exist', the others do not have ampliative subjects, as 'man is an animal', 'stone is a substance' etc. Again, of categorical propositions of simple inherence with ampliative subjects, some concern the present, others the past, others the future. . . . Again, of categorical propositions about the present some are de secundo adiacente, others de tertio adiacente. An example of the first : 'man exists' ; of the second : 'man is an animal'. Again, of categorical propositions some have a non-com- pound extreme (term) (de extremo incomplexo), as 'man is an animal'; others have a compound extreme, as 'man or ass is man or ass'. B. ANALYSIS OF PROPOSITIONS Here we assemble a few aspects of the scholastic analysis of propositions. To begin with, this text of Thomas Aquinas, followed by one from Ockham, about the general structure: 29.02 In every true affirmative proposition the subject and predicate must signify somehow the same thing in reality but in different senses (diversum secundum rationem). And this is clear both in propositions with accidental predicate and in those with substantial. For it is evident that 'man' and 'white' are identical in suppositum and differing in sense, for the sense of 'man' is other than the sense of 'white'. And 180 PROPOSITIONS likewise when I say: 'man is an animal', for that same thing which is man is truly an animal. For in one and the same suppositum there is both the sensible nature, after which it is called 'animal', and the rational nature, after which it is called 'man'. So that in this case too the predicate and subject are identical as to suppositum, but differing in sense. But this is also found in a way in propositions in which something (idem) is predicated of itself, inasmuch as the intellect treats as suppositum (trahit ad partem suppositi) what it posits as subject, but treats as form inhering in the suppositum what it posits as predicate. Hence the adage, that predicates are taken formally and subjects materially (cf. 27.08). To the difference in sense there corresponds the plurality of predi- cate and subject; but the intellect signifies the real identity by the composition (of the two). We have here actually two analyses of propositions. First an extensional one, which seems to have become classical in later Scholasticism. It can be reproduced thus: the proposition 'S is P' is to be equated with the product of the following propositions: (1) there is at least one x such that both lS' and 'P' stand (suppose) for x, (2) there is a property / such that 'S' signifies /, (3) there is a property g such that 'P' signifies g, (4) both / and g belong to x. In the second analysis the subject is conceived as extensional, the predicate as intensional. The proposition 'A = A' can be interpreted : (1) there is an x such that 'A' stands for x, (2) there is a property / such that 'A' signifies /, (3) / belongs to x. This analysis is applied in the text to a special kind of proposition, asserting an identity, but can evidently be applied generally. Ockham gives another analysis : 29.03 It is to be said that it is not required for the truth of a singular proposition, which is not equivalent to many propositions, that subject and predicate should be really identical, nor that the predicated reality should be in the subject, nor that it should really inhere (insit) in the subject, nor that it should be really, extra-mentally, united to the subject. E.g. it is not required for the truth of this: 'that one is an angel', that the common term 'angel' should be in reality the same as what is posited as subject, nor that it should really inhere in it, nor anything of that kind, - but it is sufficient and necessary that subject and predicate should suppose for the same thing. And so in this : 'this is an angel', if subject and predicate suppose for the same thing, the pro- 181 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC position is true. And so it is not indicated (denotatur) that this has angelicity, or that angelicity is in it, or anything of this kind, but it is indicated that this is truly an angel, not that it is that predicate, but that it is that for which the predicate supposes. An important text, but not readily intelligible to a modern reader. A possible, though not the only possible interpretation is this: it is sufficient and necessary for the truth of a proposition of this kind that the extension of subject and predicate should coincide. If that is so, he means to say that the predicate is not to be taken intension- ally, but extensionally like the subject, as in Thomas's first ana- lysis in 29.02. Then Ockham gives a radically extensional inter- pretation of propositions. The next text shows that what was said in 29.03 holds for other kinds of proposition as well: 29.04 For the truth of such (i.e. indefinite or particular propositions) it suffices that the subject and predicate stand for the same thing, if the proposition is affirmative. C. ANALYSIS OF MODAL PROPOSITIONS: DICTUM AND MODUS In the middle of the 13th century there arose a generally accepted doctrine about the structure of modal propositions. It is to be found in Albert the Great (29.05), Shyreswood (29.06), Peter of Spain (29.07), and in the Summa Toiius Logicae (29.08). On account of its charac- teristic formalism we quote a youthful opusculum of Thomas Aquinas: 29.09 Since the modal proposition gets its name from 'modus', to know what a modal proposition is we must know what a modus is. Now a modus is a determination of something effected by a nominal adjective determining a substantive, e.g. 'white man', or by an adverb determining a verb. But it is to be known that modes are threefold, some determining the subject of a proposition, as 'a white man runs', some deter- mining the predicate, as 'Socrates is a white man' or 'Socrates runs quickly', some determining the composition of the predicate with the subject, as 'that Socrates is running is impossible', and it is from this alone that a proposition is said to be modal. Other propositions, which are not modal, are said to be assertoric (de inesse). The modes which determine the composition are six: 'true', 'false', 'necessary', 'possible', 'impossible' and 'contingent'. 182 PROPOSITIONS But 'true' and 'false' add nothing to the signification of asser- toric propositions; for there is the same significance in 'Socrates runs' and it is true that Socrates runs' (on the one hand), and in 'Socrates is not running' and 'it is false that Socrates is running' (on the other). This does not happen with the other four modes, because there is not the same significance in 'Socrates runs' and 'that Socrates runs is impossible (or necessary)'. So we leave 'true' and 'false' out of consideration and attend to the other four. Now because the predicate determines the subject and not conversely, for a proposition to be modal the four modes aforesaid must be predicated and the verb indicating com- position must be put as subject. This is done if an infinitive is taken in place of the indicative verb in the proposition, and an accusative in place of the nominative. And it (the accusative and infinitive clause) is called 'dictum', e.g. of the proposition 'Socrates runs' the dictum is 'that Socrates runs' (Socratem currere). When then the dictum is posited as subject and a mode as predicate, the proposition is modal, e.g. 'that Socrates runs is possible'. But if it be converted it will be assertoric, e.g. 'the possible is that Socrates runs'. Of modal propositions one kind concerns the dictum, another concerns things. A modal (proposition) concerning the dictum is one in which the whole dictum is subjected and the mode predicated, e.g. 'that Socrates runs is possible'. A modal (proposition) concerning things is one in which the mode interrupts the dictum, e.g. 'for Socrates running is possible' (Socratem possibile est currere). But it is to be known that all modals concerning the dictum are singular, the mode being posited as inherent in this or that as in some singular thing. But . . . modals concerning things are judged to be universal or singular or indefinite according to the subject of the dictum, as is the case with assertoric propositions. So that 'for all men, running is possible' is universal, and so with the rest. It should further be known that modal pro- positions are said to be affirmative or negative according to the affirmation or negation of the mode, not according to the affirmation or negation of the dictum. So that . . . this modal 'that Socrates runs is possible' is affirmative, while 'that Socrates runs is not possible' is negative. There are two notable points in this text. First there is the very thorough formalism, the modal proposition being classified accord- 183 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC ing to the place which the mode has in it. Then there is the explicit distinction of the two structures, one of which Aristotle made the basis of his modal logic (§ 15, B), the other of which Theophrastus adopted (§ 17, B). The modals de re correspond to the Aristotelian structure, in which the mode does not determine the 'composition' or, as we should say, the proposition as a whole, but 'the predicate'. Taking the proposition A is possibly BJ as de re, we could analyze it thus: if x is A, then x is possibly B. But the modals de dido have the Theophrastan structure, according to which the fore-going proposition will be taken as de dido and can be interpreted: that A is B is possible. D. COMPOSITE AND DIVIDED SENSES Closely connected with that doctrine, classical in Scholasticism, is that of the composite and divided senses of propositions. It was developed out of the Aristotelian theory of the fallacies of division and composition (11.22f.), and partly corresponds to the foregoing analysis of modal propositions (29.09), but extends to other kinds as well. It seems to have secured a quite central place in later scholastic logic. We cite first a text of Peter of Spain: 29.10 There are two kinds of composition. The first kind arises from the fact that some dictum can suppose for itself or a part of itself, e.g. 'that he who is sitting walks is possible'. For if the dictum 'that he who is sitting walks' is wholly subjected to the predicate 'possible', then the proposition is false and composite, for then opposed activities, sitting and walking, are included in the subject, and the sense is: 'he who is sitting is walking'. But if the dictum supposes for a part of the dictum, then the proposition is true and divided, and the sense is: 'he who is sitting has the power of walking'. To be distinguished in the same fashion is : 'that he who is not writing is writing is impossible'. For this dictum 'that he who is not writing is writing' is subjected to the predicate 'impossible',* but sometimes as a whole, sometimes in respect of a part of itself. And similarly: 'that a white thing is black is possible'. And it is to be known that expressions of this kind are commonly said to be de re or de dicio. Reading impossibile for possibile. 184 PROPOSITIONS A twofold terminology can be seen here ; the distinction composita- divisa corresponds to de dido - de re. Peter also introduces the notion of supposition, while Thomas (29.09) proceeds wholly syntactically. Thomas has yet other expressions for the same idea: 29.11 Further (it is objected), if everything is known by God as seen in the present, it will be necessary that what God knows, is, as it is necessary that Socrates sits given that he is seen to be sitting. But this is not necessary absolutely, or as is said by some, by necessity of the consequent: rather condi- tionally, or by necessity of consequence. For this conditional is necessary: If he is seen to be sitting, he sits. Whence also, if the conditional is turned into a categorical, so that it is said: what is seen to be sitting, necessarily sits, evidently if this is understood as de dido and composite, it is true ; but understood as de re and divided, it is false. And so in these and all similar cases . . . people are deceived in respect of composition and division. This gives us the two following series of expressions, correspond- ing member to member (the word propositio being understood with each) : de dido, composita, necessaria necessitate consequentiae, necessaria sub conditione - de re, divisa, necessaria necessitate conse- queniis, necessaria absolute. Paul of Venice gives a peculiar variant of the doctrine of de dido and de re: 29.12 Some say that always when the mode simply precedes or follows the expression with the infinitive, then the sense is definitely called 'composite' in every case, e.g. 'it is possible that Socrates runs', 'that Socrates runs (Socratem currere) is possible'. But when the mode occupies a place in the middle the sense is called 'divided', e.g. 'for Socrates it is possible to run'. Others on the other hand say that when the mode simply precedes, the sense is composite, as previously, but when it occupies a middle place or comes at the end, then the sense is divided, e.g. 'of A I know that it is true', 'that A is true is known by me'. And so with others similar. But though these ways of speaking enjoy probability, yet they are not wholly true. ... So I say otherwise, taking a position intermediate between them: when the mode simply precedes a categorical or hypothetical dictum, it effects the composite sense; and when it occurs between the verb and the first extreme, it is taken in the divided sense; but when it 185 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC follows at the end, it can be taken in the composite or the divided sense. This seemingly purely grammatical text is yet not without interest as showing how scholastic logic at the end of the 14th century was wholly bent on grasping the laws of everyday language. We find no essentially new range of problems in Paul beyond those of Thomas and Peter. There is yet another interpretation of the composite and divided senses, first found in Peter, in a text which seems to adumbrate all the associated problems: 29.13 (The fallacy of) division is a false division of things that should be compounded. There are two kinds of division. The first arises from the fact that a conjunction can conjoin either terms or propositions, e.g. . . . Tive is even or odd'. Similarly: 'every animal is rational or irrational'. For if this conjunctive particle 'or' divides one proposition from another, it is false, and its sense is: 'every animal is rational or every animal is irrational'. If it disjoins one term from another, then it is true and its sense is: 'every animal is rational or irrational', in which the whole disjunctive complex is predi- cated. Similarly: 'every animal is healthy or sick', 'every number is even or odd'. A more exact formulation of the same thought occurs in Burleigh : 29.14 'Every animal is rational or irrational.' The proof is inductive. The disproof runs: every animal is rational or irrational, but not every animal is rational, therefore every animal is irrational. The conclusion is false, the minor is not (false), therefore the major is. The consequence is evident from the locus of opposites (16.18). Solution. The first (proposition) is multiple, according to composition and division. In the sense of composition it is true, in the sense of division it is false. Induction does not hold in the sense of division, because in the sense of division there is not a categorical proposition but a hypothetical of universal quantity; and thus the answer to the proof is clear. To the disproof, I say the consequence does not hold in the sense of composition, nor is there room for an argument from the locus of opposites, for the locus of opposites is when one argues from a disjunctive and the negation of one part, to 186 PROPOSITIONS the other part; but in the sense of composition this is not a disjunctive but a categorical proposition. The form of propositions of this kind in the composite sense could be expressed with variables thus: (1) for every x: x is A or a; is B. In the divided sense the same proposition could be interpreted : (2) Tor every x: x is A, or for every x: x is B. If this interpretation is correct we have here an important theorem about the distribution of quantifiers. Yet Burleigh does Dot seem to have been thinking quite of (1), but rather of (V) for every x: x is (A or B). E. REFERENCE OF PROPOSITIONS Finally we give a text in which the chief scholastic theories about the semantic correlate of propositions are listed. It is taken from Paul of Venice. 29.15 About the essence of the proposition . . . there are many opinions. The first is that the significate of a true proposition is a circumstance (modus) of the thing and not the thing itself. . . . 29.16 The second opinion is that the significate of a true proposition is a composition of the mind (mentis) or of the intellect which compounds or divides. . . . 29.17 The third opinion, commonly received among the doctors of my (Augustinian) Order, in particular by Master Gregory of Rimini, is that the significate of a proposition is whatever in any way exists as a signifiable complex. And when it is asked whether such a signifiable is something or nothing, he answers that the name 'something' and its syno- nyms 'thing' and 'being' can be understood in three ways. (1) First in the widest sense, according to which everything signifiable, with or without complexity, truly or falsely, is called 'thing ' and 'something'. ... (2) In a second way these (names) are taken for whatever is signifiable, with or without complexity, but truly, ... (3) In a third way the aforesaid names are taken in such wise that they signify some existent essence or entity, and in this way, what does not exist is called 'nothing' .... So this opinion says that the significate of a proposition is something, if one takes the afore-mentioned terms in the first or second way. . . . 29.18 The fourth opinion posits some theses. (1) The first is this : that no thing is the adequate or total significate of a 187 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC mental proposition properly so called; since every such (proposition) signifies a variety of mutually distinct things, by reason of its parts to which it is equivalent in its signifying. And this is evident to everyone who examines the matter. Hence there is no total or adequate significate of such a proposition. (2) The second thesis: whatever is signified by a mental proposition properly so called according to its total significa- tion is also signified by any of its parts. . . . (3) Third thesis: no dictum corresponding to a mental proposition properly so called, e.g. an expression in the infinitive mood taken as significant, supposes for any thing. For instance, if the dictum, i.e. the expression in the infinitive mood, 'that man is an animal', corresponding to the proposi- tion 'man is an animal', is taken materially it stands for some thing, namely for the proposition to which it corresponds; but if it be taken significatively, i.e. personally, then according to the fourth opinion it stands for no thing. This is evident, since such an expression, so taken, signifies a number of things, viz. all those signified by the corresponding proposition, and so there would be no reason for it to suppose for one of its significates rather than another; hence (it supposes) either for each or for none. But nobody would say for each, since the expression 'that man is an animal' would signify an ass or suppose for an ass. Therefore for none. And what is said of that instance, holds for any other. The four opinions there enumerated could be summed up thus in modern terminology; a proposition has for its semantical correlate (1) a real fact, (2) a psychical act ( 3) an objective content (the Stoic lekton), (4) nothing at all beyond what its parts already signify. In the 15th century there were very complicated and sharp disputes about this problem. But as it lies on the border-line of pure logic we shall omit consideration of them here (29.19). 188 II. PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC § 30. NOTION AND DIVISION OF CONSEQUENCES A. HISTORICAL SURVEY The theory of consequences is one of the most interesting scholastic doctrines. Essentially it is a development of Stoic prepositional logic, though so far as is known it was constructed entirely anew, not in connection with the Stoic logoi (§ 21 ) but with certain passages of the Hermeneia and, above all, the Topics. All the same, fragments of the Stoic propositional logic did influence the Scholastics, mostly through the mediation of Boethius, though for a few we must suppose some other sources, as e.g. for the 'dog-syllogism' (22.19;, which is found in Thomas Aquinas (30.01). But that these fragments were not the starting point is clear from the fact that, at least to begin with, they are not cited in the treatise on consequences, but in another on hypothetical syllogisms. The name ' consequential' is Boethius's translation of Aristotle's axoXoi>07](7!.<; which occurs frequently in the Hermeneia (30.02) but not in any exact technical sense, rather for following quite in general. The word has the same sense in Abelard, though limited to logical relationships between terms (30.03),* and to some extent also in Kilwardby * * (30.04) and Peter of Spain (30.05) E.g. in the latter we read of a consequenlia esseniiae (30.06). In Ockham, on the other hand, and his successors the word has a sharply defined technical meaning, and signifies a relation of consequence between two propositions. The following text from Kilwardby may serve as a good example of the earlier stage: 30.04 He (Aristotle) also says that something is a consequent (of something else) in part, and yet whatever follows from A follows from all that is contained under A, since what follows on the consequent follows on the antecedent, and so every consequent follows on the whole antecedent. . . . It is to be answered to this, that (Aristotle) in this whole treatment (Prior Analytics) takes 'consequent' for the pre- dicate and 'antecedent' for the subject. . . . A further passage from Kilwardby is extremely instructive about this relationship: Vide Translator's Preface, B. Cited from transcriptions of two Oxford MSS (30.04) made by the translator. 189 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC 30.07 Consequence is twofold, viz. essential or natural, as when a consequent is naturally understood in its antecedent, and accidental consequence. Of the latter kind is the conse- quence according to which we say that the necessary follows on anything. . . . That shows that for Kilwardby a 'natural' and 'essential' conse- quence is only present when it is a matter of connection between terms. Thus for him the proposition 'every man runs, therefore there is a man who runs' would be natural, since 'each man' is 'naturally' included in 'every man'. In other words it is for him always based on term-logical relationships. He does also recognize purely propositional consequences such as the one he states: 'the necessary follows on anything', but these he considers only 'acciden- tal' and of an inferior kind. This opinion of Kilwardby's is of interest as showing that the Scholastics did not take the abstract propositional logic of the Stoics as their starting point, but the term-logic of Aristotle. Yet before very long they built on that basis a technically excellent pure logic of propositions that to the best of our knowledge was superior to that of the Megarians and Stoics. Since the paper of Lukasiewicz (30.08) more works have been devoted to this propositional logic than to any other scholastic logical doctrine, and it is better known than most others (30.09). Yet we are still far from having a complete knowledge of it. We cannot here enumerate all the scholastic consequences that have been investigated in the 20th century, but must limit ourselves to texts defining the notion of consequentia, and then (§ 31) give a few examp- les. B. DEFINITION OF CONSEQUENCE Pseudo-Scotus gives the following definition of consequence: 30.10 A consequence is a hypothetical proposition composed of an antecedent and consequent by means of a conditional connective or one expressing a reason (rationalis) which signifies that if they, viz. the antecedent and consequent, are formed simultaneously, it is impossible that the ante- cedent be true and the consequent false. Here a consequence is conceived as a proposition in almost word for word agreement with the Stoic definition (19.15) with only two considerable differences: (1) 'proposilio' means, not the lekton, but the thought, written and spoken proposition (cf. 26.03) ; (2) the consequence corresponds to the compound and inferential sentences of the Stoics (19.15). Implication is defined in the Diodorean way 190 CONSEQUENCES (20.08), though the time-variables might be thought to be missing; but comparison with the definition of consequence ut nunc (30.12, cf. 30.16) shows that Diodorus's idea of 'for all times' is basic for the Scholastics too. They conducted a complicated discussion which shows that the range of problems considered was much wider than might be expected from what we have said here (cf. 30.17 f.). A noteworthy exception to the premise that a consequence is a proposition* is found in Burleigh: 30.11 It is also to be noted that the (contradictory) opposite of the antecedent does not follow from the opposite of the consequent in every valid consequence, but only in non- syllogistic consequences. For in syllogistic consequences the antecedent has no opposite, because a syllogistic antecedent is an unconnected plurality of propositions (propositio plures inconiuncle) and because such an antecedent has no opposite at all, it not being a proposition that is either simply or conjunctively one. But in a syllogistic consequence the opposite of one premiss follows from the opposite of the conclusion with the other premiss. And if from the opposite of the conclusion with one or other of the premisses there follows the opposite of the remaining premiss, then the original syllogism was valid. For that is how the Philosopher proves his syllogisms, viz. arguing from the opposite of the con- clusion with one of the premisses, as can be seen in the first book of the Prior Analytics. 'Propositio plures inconiuncle' means here, as usually among the Scholastics (cf. 35.45) not a compound proposition, not^therefore a product of propositions, but a number of juxtaposed propositions. It follows that syllogisms, and so 'syllogistic consequences' are not propositions, and further that consequences were not always thought of as conditional propositions. C. DIVISION OF CONSEQUENCES Here again we begin with Pseudo-Scotus : 30.12 Consequences are divided thus: some are material, others are formal. A formal consequence is one which holds in all terms, given similar mutual arrangement (disposilio) and form of the terms. ... A material consequence is one * Prof. L. Minio-Paluello tells us in connection with Cod. Orleans '266, fol. 78 that this was already debated in the middle of the 12th century. 191 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC which does not hold in all terms given similar mutual arrange- ment and form so that the only variation is in the terms themselves. And such a consequence is twofold : one is simply true, the other true for the present (ut nunc). A simply true consequence is one reducible to a formal consequence by the addition of a necessary proposition. A correct material consequence true for the present is one which is reducible to a formal consequence by the addition of a true contingent proposition. So there are three kinds of consequence: (1) formal, (2) simple material, (3) material ut nunc. The last two are reduced to the first, but by means of different kinds of proposition. For (2) there is requir- ed a necessary, and so always true, proposition, for (3) one must use a contingent proposition, one which is therefore true only at a certain time. An example of the reduction of (2) to (1) is: 'A man runs, therefore an animal runs' is reduced to a consequence of kind (1) by means of the proposition 'every man is an animal' when it is said: 'every man is an animal, a man runs, therefore an animal runs'. The newly introduced proposition is necessary, and so always true, hence the consequence reduced by its means to (1) is 'simply' valid, valid for all time. Another definition is to be found in Ockham, along with a further division of formal consequence: 30.13 Of consequences, one kind is formal, another material. Formal consequence is twofold, since one holds by an extrinsic medium concerning the form of the proposition, such as these rules: 'from an exclusive to a universal (proposition) with the terms interchanged is a correct consequence', 'from a necessary major and an assertoric minor (premiss) there follows a necessary (conclusion)' etc. The other kind holds directly through an intrinsic medium and indirectly through an extrinsic one concerning the general conditions of the proposition, not its truth, falsity, necessity or impossibility. Of this kind is the following: 'Socrates does not run, therefore some man does not run'. The consequence is called 'material' since it holds precisely in virtue of the terms, not in virtue of some extrinsic medium concerning the general conditions of the proposition. Such are the following: 'If a man runs, God exists', 'man is an ass, therefore God does not exist' etc. This text is most important, since Ockham here introduces a doctrine analogous to that of Whitehead and Russell in their distinc- tion of formal and material implication (44.11 ff.), analogous only, 192 CONSEQUENCES because the basic idea of implication is here Diodorean (20.08) instead of Philonian (20.07). Formal implications in this sense are further divided into two classes according as they hold in virtue of their component symbols or other propositions of the system. These ideas are defined with some accuracy in a text of Albert of Saxony: 30.14 Of consequences, one kind is formal, another material. That is said to be a formal consequence to which every proposition which, if it were to be formed, would be a valid consequence, is similar in form, e.g. lb is a, therefore some a is b\ But a material consequence is one such that not every proposition similar in form to it is a valid consequence, or, as is commonly said, which does not hold in all terms when the form is kept the same; e.g. 'a man runs, therefore an animal runs'. But in these (other) terms the consequence is not valid: 'a man runs, therefore a log runs'. We may compare 26.11 f. with this text, so far as concerns the notion of logical form, and indeed the former follows immediately on the latter. Reverting to the distinction of simple and ut nunc consequences (30.12) with a similar reference to time-variables as in Diodorus Cronus (20.08, cf. 19.23), Burleigh formulates this idea explicitly and accurately: 30.15 Of consequences, some are simple, some ut nunc. Simple are those which hold for every time, as: 'a man runs, therefore an animal runs'. Consequences ut nunc hold for a determinate time and not always, as: 'every man runs, therefore Socrates runs' ; for that consequence does not hold always, but only so long as there is a man Socrates. The first rule of consequence is this : in every valid simple consequence the antecedent cannot be true without the con- sequent. And so, if in any possible given case the antecedent could be true without the consequent, the consequence would not be valid. But in a consequence ut nunc, the ante- cedent ut nunc, i.e. for the (given) time for which the conse- quence holds, cannot be true without the consequent. Buridan has a text on this subject, in which occurs the new idea of consequence for such and such a time (ut tunc). 30.16 Of material consequences some are said to be consequences simply, since they are consequences without qualification, it being impossible for their antecedents to be true without their consequents. . . . And others are said to be 193 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC consequences ut nunc, since they are not valid without qualification, it being possible for their antecedents to be true without their consequents. However, they are valid ut nunc, since things being exactly the same as they now are, it is impossible for the antecedent to be true without the conse- quent. And people often use these consequences in ordinary language (utuntur saepe vulgares), as when we say: 'the white Cardinal has been elected Pope' and conclude: 'therefore a Master in Theology has been elected Pope' ; and as when I say: 'I see such and such a man' . . . you conclude 'therefore you certainly see a false man'. But this consequence is reduced to a formal one by the addition of a true, but not necessary, proposition, or of several true and not necessary ones, as in the examples given, since the white Cardinal is a Master in Theology and since such and such a man is a false man. In that way the following is a valid consequence: under the hypothesis that there are no men but Socrates, Plato and Robert, 'Socrates runs, Plato runs and Robert runs; therefore every man runs'. For this consequence is perfected by this true (proposition): 'every man is Socrates, Plato or Robert'. And it is to be known that to this kind of consequences ut nunc belong permissive consequences, e.g. 'Plato says to Socrates: if you come to me I will give you a horse'. The proposition may be a genuine consequence, or it may be a false proposition and no consequence, since ( 1 ) if the antecedent is impossible, viz. because Socrates cannot come to Plato, then the consequence is simply speaking a genuine conse- quence, because from the impossible anything follows as will be said below. But if (2) the antecedent is false but not impossible, then the consequence is valid ut nunc, because from whatever is false anything follows, as will be said later, provided, however, that we restrict the name 'consequence ut nunc' to consequences ut tunc, whether concerning the past, future, or any other determinate time. But if the ante- cedent is true, so that Socrates will come to Plato, then perhaps we should say that it is still a genuine consequence because it can be made formal by the apposition* of true (propositions), when one knows whatever Plato wills to do in the future, that his wish will persist and that he will be able to carry it out; and when all circumstances are taken account * Reading appositas for oppositas. 194 CONSEQUENCES of according to which he wills it, and he suffers no hindrance, so that he will be able to and will do what and when he wills; if you then modify this proposition so that it is true according to the ninth book of the Metaphysics, i.e. 'Plato wills to give Socrates a horse when he comes to him; therefore Plato will give Socrates a horse'. If then these propositions about Plato's will and power are true, then Plato uttered a genuine conse- quence ui nunc to Socrates, but if they are not true he told Socrates a lie. D. MEANING OF IMPLICATION If the rooks and the crows cawed about the meaning of implication in the 2nd century b. c. (20.06), this occupation was surely intensi- fied in the 15th century. For while the Megarian-Stoic school has bequeathed to us only four interpretations, Paul of Venice tells us of ten. Not all his definitions are comprehensible to us today, but perhaps this is due to textual corruptions. However, for the sake of completeness we give the whole list. 30.17 Some have said that for the truth of a conditional is required that the antecedent cannot be true without the consequent. . . . Others have said that for the truth of a conditional it is not required that the antecedent cannot be true without the consequent in the divided sense, but it is required that it is not possible for the antecedent to be true without the consequent being true. Thirdly people have said that for the truth of a conditional it is required that it is not possible that the antecedent of that consequence be true unless the consequent be true . . . Fourthly people have said that for the truth of a conditional it is required that it is not possible that the antecedent be true while the consequent of that same antecedent is false without a fresh interpretation (impositio) .... Fifthly people say that for the truth of a conditional it is required that if things are (ita est) as is signifiable by the antecedent, necessarily things are as is signifiable by the consequent. . . . Sixthly people say that for the truth of a conditional it is required that it be not possible that things should be so and not so, referring to the significates of the antecedent and of the consequent* of that conditional. . . . * Omitting oppositi. 195 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC Seventhly people say that for the truth of a conditional it is required that it is not possible for things to be so and not so, referring to the adequate significates of the antecedent and the consequent. . . . Eighthly people say that for the truth of a conditional it is required that the consequent be understood in the antece- dent. . . . Ninthly people say that for the truth of a condition it is required that the adequate significate of the consequent be understood in the antecedent. Tenthly people say that for the truth of a conditional it is required that the opposite of the consequent be incompatible with the antecedent. . . . For the distinction between the first two of those definitions the following text of Buridan is instructive. * 30.18 Then there is the rule . . . , that the consequence is valid when it is impossible that things are as signified by the antecedent without their being as is signified by the conse- quent. And this rule can be understood in two ways. In one way so that it would be a proposition concerning impossibility in the composite sense (the way in which it is usually intended) and the meaning then is that a consequence is valid when the following is impossible: 'If it is formed, things are as is signified by the antecedent, and are not as is signified by the consequent.' But this rule is invalid, since it justifies the fallacy: 'No proposition is negative, therefore some propositions are negative.' In the other way, so that it would be a proposition concern- ing impossibility in the divided sense, so that the meaning is: a consequence is valid when whatever is stated in the ante- cedent cannot possibly be so without whatever is stated in the consequent being so. And it is clear that this rule would not prove the fallacy true; for whatever 'no proposition is negative' states, is possibly so, although things are not as the other (proposition of the fallacy) states; for if they were, affirmatives would persist but all negatives would be annihi- lated. * This text was kindly communicated by Prof. E. Moody. 196 CONSEQUENCES E. DISJUNCTION The notion of implication is closely connected with that of dis- junction. Hence two characteristic texts are in place to illustrate the problems connected with the latter. Peter of Spain writes: 30.19 For the truth of a disjunctive (proposition) it is required that one part be true, as 'man is an animal or crow is a stone', and it is allowed that both of its parts be true, but not so properly, as 'man is an animal or horses can whinny'. For its falsity it is required that both of its parts be false, as 'man is not an animal or horse is a stone'. Peter's idea of disjunction is evidently rather hazy, for he wavers between the exclusive (20.14) and the non-exclusive (20.18) dis- junction, describing the latter as 'less proper' though at the same time determining falsity in a way suitable to it alone. Which of the two is 'proper' must have been debated even in the 14th century, as can be seen from Burleigh's fine text: 30.20 Some say that for the truth of a disjunctive it is always required that one part be false, because if both parts were false it would not be a true disjunctive; for disjunction does not allow those things which it disjoins to be together, as Boethius says. But I do not like that. Indeed I say that if both parts of a disjunctive are true, the whole disjunctive is true. And I prove it thus. If both parts of a disjunctive are true, one part is true; and if one part is true, the disjunctive is true. Therefore (arguing) from the first to the last: if both parts of a disjunctive are true, the disjunctive is true. Further, a disjunctive follows from each of its parts, but it is an infallible rule that if the antecedent is true, the conse- quent is true; therefore if each part is true the disjunctive is true. I say therefore, that for the truth of a disjunctive it is not required that one part be false. Burleigh therefore definitely sides with those who understand disjunction as non-exclusive. Also to be remarked in this text are the two propositional consequences formulated with exemplary exactness: 30.201 If A and B, then A. 30.202 If A, then A or B. 197 §31. PROPOSITIONAL CONSEQUENCES The Scholastics made no explicit difference between conse- quences pertaining to propositional and to term-logic. Yet they usually, at least after Ockham, dealt with the former first. It is convenient in this connection to quote a text from Paul of Venice in which he collects the terminology used of so-called hypothetical propositions. After that we give three series of texts, one from Kilwardby (first half of the 13th century), one from Albert of Saxony (second half of the 13th century) and the third from Paul of Venice (first half of the 15th century). To those we add some texts from Buridan about consequences ut nunc. We cannot claim to survey even the essentials of scholastic propositional logic, for this is as yet too little explored. The texts cited serve only as examples of the problems considered and the methods applied. A. HYPOTHETICAL PROPOSITIONS 31.01 Some posit five kinds of hypotheticals, some six, others seven, others ten, others fourteen etc. But leaving all those aside, I say that there are three and no more kinds of hypotheticals that do not coincide in significance, viz. the copulative, disjunctive, and conditional to which the rational is to be counted equivalent. For I do not see that the temporal, local and causal are hypothetical, still less those formed and constituted by other adverbial and connective particles. These are only hypothetical by similitude, e.g. 'I have written as you wanted', 'Michael answers as I tell him'. Similarly the com- parative, e.g. 'Socrates is as good as Plato', 'Socrates is whiter than Plato'. Again, the relative, e.g. 'I see a man such as you see'. . . . Similarly the inhibitive, e.g. 'Socrates takes care than no-one confute him'. Again the elective, e.g. 'it is better to concede that your reply is bad than to concede something worse'. Similarly the subjunctive, e.g. 'I saw to it that you answered well'. Similarly the expletive, e.g. 'you may be moving but you are not running!' Thus by taking* the other particles in turn one can form a very great number of (pretended) hypotheticals. B. KILWARDBY We take a first series of consequences from Kilwardby's com- mentary on the Prior Analytics of Aristotle. Kilwardby does not * Reading discurrendo for distribuendo. 198 CONSEQUENCES always distinguish very clearly between propositional and term- relationships (cf. 30.04), so that 'antecedent' and 'consequent' must sometimes be understood as referring to the subject and predicate of universal affirmative propositions. 31.02 What is understood in some thing or things, follows from it or from them by a necessary and natural consequence ; and so of necessity if one of a pair of opposites is repugnant to the premisses (of a syllogism) the other follows from them. 31.03 If one of the opposites does not follow, the other can stand. 31.04 If one of the opposites stands, the other cannot. 31.05 What does not follow from the antecedent does not follow from the consequent. 31.06 What follows from the consequent follows from the antecedent. 31.07 What is compossible with one of two equivalents (convertib ilium) is so with the other. 31.08 It is to be said that a negation can be negated, and so there is a negation of negation, but this second negation is really an affirmation, though accidentally (secundum quid) and vocally a negation. For a negation which supervenes on a negation destroys it, and in destroying it posits an affirma- tion. 31.09 If there necessarily follows from 'A is white' lB is large', then from the denial (destrudio) of the consequent: if B is not large, A is not white. 31.10 A disjunctive follows from each of its parts, and by a natural consequence; for it follows: if you sit, then you sit or you do not sit. 31.11 If the antecedent is contingent or possible, so is the consequent. 31.12 It is not necessary that what follows from the ante- cedent follows from the consequent. C. ALBERT OF SAXONY Secondly we give a series of texts from the Peruiilis Logica of Albert of Saxony in which the doctrine of consequences can be seen in a highly developed state. Albert is here so closely dependent on Buridan that he often simply copies him. But there is much that he formulates more clearly, and the available text of Buridan is not so good as that of the Peruiilis Logica. Buridan himself is not the 199 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC original author of his doctrine of consequences; much of it comes from Ockham, and some even from Peter of Spain. As in this whole section, the contemporary range of problems is only barely illustrated. Albert's definitions of antecedent and consequent deserve to be quoted first: 31.13 That proposition is said to be antecedent to another which is so related to it that it is impossible that things be as is signifiable by it without their being as is in any way signifiable by the other, keeping fixed the use (impositio) of the terms. Like all Scholastics of the 14th century and after, Albert makes a clear distinction between a rule of consequence and the consequence itself. A rule is a metalogical (more exactly a meta-metalogical) description of the form of a valid consequence. The consequence itself is a proposition having this form. That generally holds good; but some of Albert's rules are conceived as propositional forms like the Stoic inference-schemata (21.22) - cf. the fifth (31.18) - only with this difference, that the variables are here evidently metalo- gical, i.e. to be substituted with names of propositions, not with propositions themselves as is the case with the Stoic formulae. 31.14 The first (rule of simple consequence) is this: from an impossible proposition every other follows. Proof: from the nominal definitions of antecedent and consequent given in the first chapter. For if a proposition is impossible, it is impossible that things are as it indicates, and are not as any other indicates ; therefore the impossible proposition is antecedent to every other proposition, and hence every proposition follows from an impossible one. This it is which is usually expressed: anything follows from the impossible. And so it follows: man is an ass, therefore a man runs; since the antecedent being impossible, if things are not as the consequent indicates, it is impossible that they should be as the antecedent indi- cates. 31.15 Second rule: A necessary proposition follows from any proposition. This is again proved by the nominal defini- tions of antecedent and consequent. For it is impossible that things should not be as a necessary proposition indicates, if they are as any other (proposition) indicates. Hence a necessary proposition is a consequent of any proposition. It follows therefore that this consequence is valid: 'a man runs, therefore God exists', or '(therefore) ass is an animal'. 200 CONSEQUENCES The proofs of these two rules are very typical of the Scholastic approach to propositional logic and show how different it is both to that of the Megarian-Stoics and that of the moderns. The essential scholastic point is that a consequence does not unite two states of affairs but two propositions (in the scholastic sense, which includes the mental propositions, cf. 26.03). Let 'P' be the name of the proposition expressing the state of affairs p, and lQ' the name of the proposition expressing the state of affairs q, the proof of the first consequence can be presented thus: As axiom is presupposed 31.151 If p cannot be the case then (p and q) cannot be the case. Then the process is: (1) P is impossible (hypothesis) (2) p cannot be the case (by (1) and the definition of impossibility) (3) (p and not q) cannot be the case (by (2) and 31.151) (4) Q is the consequent of P (by the definition and (3)) (5) Q follows from P (by definition) And this was to be proved, Q being any proposition. Thus we can see that a metalogical thesis about a relationship (consequence) between propositions is proved through reduction to logical laws concerning relationships between states of affairs. 31.16 Third rule: (1) From any proposition there follows every other whose contradictory opposite is incompatible with it (the first). And (2) from no proposition does there follow another whose contradictory opposite is compatible with it, where (the expression) 'a proposition is compatible with another' is to be understood in the sense that the state of affairs (sic esse) which the one indicates is compatible with that which the other indicates. . . . The first part of the rule is proved (thus) : Let us suppose that the proposition B is incompatible with the proposition A. I say (then) that from A there follows the contradictory opposite of B, i.e. not-B. This is evident, for A and B are incompatible and therefore (either A) is impossible, so that every proposition follows from it, by the first rule; or A is possible, then necessarily if A is the case, either B or not-B is the case, since one part of a pair of contradictory opposites is always true. But it is impossible that if A is the case, B is the 201 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC case, by hypothesis. Therefore it is necessary that if A is the case, not-B is the case. Therefore not-B follows from A. The second part of the rule is proved (thus) : if A and not-B are true together, then this holds: If A is the case, B is not the case. But since B and not-B are not true together, it is possible that if A is the case, B is not the case. Therefore B does not follow from A. 31.17 Fourth rule: for every valid consequence, from the contradictory opposite of the consequent there follows the contradictory opposite of the antecedent. This is evident, since on the supposition that B follows from A, I say that not-^4 follows from not-B. For either it is so, or it is possible that A and not-B are true together, by the previous rule. But it is necessary that if A is the case, B is the case. Therefore B and not-B will be true together, which is impossible, by the accepted (communis) principle 'it is impossible that two contra- dictories should be true together'. . . . 31.18 Fifth rule: if B follows from A, and C from B, then (1) C follows from A ; and (2) C follows from everything from which B follows; and (3) what does not follow from A, does not follow from B; and (4) from everything from which C does not follow, B too does not follow. That is to say, in current terms, all the (following) consequences are valid: (1) Whatever follows from the consequent follows from the antecedent; (2) The consequent of this consequence follows from all that from which the antecedent follows; (3) What does not follow from the antecedent does not follow from the consequent; (4) The antecedent does not follow from that from which the consequent does not follow. This rule has four parts. The first (part) is: If B follows from A, and C from B, then C follows from A. For on the supposition that B follows from A, if things are as A indicates, they are also as B indicates, by the nominal definition of antecedent and consequent. And on the supposition that C follows from B, if things are as B indicates, they are also as C indicates. Therefore, if things are as A indicates, they are also as C indicates. And accordingly C follows from A. The second part is evident, since nothing from which B follows can be the case if B is not the case ; and as B cannot be the case if C is not the case, it follows also: C follows from all from which B follows. And by 'being the case' is to be under- stood : being as B indicates .... 202 CONSEQUENCES 31.19 Sixth rule: (1) It is impossible that false follows from true. (2) It is also impossible that from possible follows impossible. (3) It is also impossible that a not necessary proposition follows from a necessary one. (The first part) is evident by the nominal definition of antecedent and conse- quent. For if things are as the antecedent indicates, they are also as the consequent indicates, and accordingly, when the antecedent is true, the consequent is true and not false. The second part is evident, for if things can be as the antecedent indicates, they can also be as the consequent indicates; and accordingly, when the antecedent is possible, the consequent also (is possible). The third part is evident, for if things necessarily are as the antecedent indicates, they must also (necessarily) be as the consequent indicates. 31.20 There follows from this rule: (1) if the consequent of a consequence is false, its antecedent is also false ; (2) further, if the consequent of a consequence is impossible, its antece- dent is also impossible ; (3) further if the consequent of a con- sequence is not necessary, its antecedent also is not necessary. And I purposely (notanter) say, 'if the consequent is not possible' and not 'if the consequent is not possibly true', since in this (consequence) : 'every proposition is affirmative, therefore no proposition is negative', its antecedent is possible and its consequent too is possible, but although it is possible, it is impossible that it be true, as was said above. And yet true can follow from false, and possible can follow from impossible, and necessary can follow from not necessary, as is evident from Aristotle in the second (book) of the Prior (Analytics, ch. 2) (16.32) 31.21 Seventh rule: if B follows from A together with one or more additional necessary propositions, then B follows from A alone. Proof: B is either necessary or not necessary. If it is necessary, it follows from A alone, by the second rule, since the necessary follows from any (proposition). But if B is not necessary, then A is either possible or impossible. Suppose A is impossible then again B follows from A alone as also from A with an additional necessary proposition, by the first rule. Since from the impossible, anything follows. But suppose A is possible, then if A is the case it is impossible that B is not the case, or, if A is the case it is possible that B is not the case. On the first supposition, B follows from A alone, as also from A with an additional necessary proposition, by the 203 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC nominal definition of antecedent and consequent. But sup- posing that if A is the case it is possible that B is not the case, then if A is the case, A and the additional necessary pro- position must be true together. For it is impossible that* A should not be the case, since it is not possible that if A is the case, A is not the case. And accordingly, granted that A is the case, i.e. granted that things are as A indicates, it is necessary that they should be as A and the additional necessary pro- position indicate. Therefore from A there follow A and the additional necessary proposition. And as B follows from A and the additional necessary proposition, one obtains the probandum by means of the first part of this rule, (viz.) that B follows from A alone, which was to be proved. The rule could be formulated: 31.211 If C is necessary, then : if B follows from A and C, B follows from A alone, and the proof is contained in the words: 'if A is the case, A and the additional necessary proposition must be the case' and the subse- quent justification. For in fact, if C is necessary, then if we have A, we have A and C, and then if B follows from A and C, B follows from A. The passage previous to the words just quoted is therefore superfluous, but it has been retained as characteristic of the scho- lastic approach. 31.22 Eighth rule: every consequence of this kind is for- mal: 'Socrates exists, and Socrates does not exist, therefore a stick stands in the corner'. Proof: By formal consequence it follows: 'Socrates exists and Socrates does not exist, therefore Socrates exists', from a complete copulative proposition to one of its parts. Further it follows: 'Socrates exists and Socrates does not exist, therefore Socrates does not exist' by the same rule. And it further follows: 'Socrates exists, there- fore either Socrates exists or a stick stands in the corner'. The consequence holds, since from every categorical propo- sition a disjunctive proposition is deducible (infert) of which it is a part. And then again: 'Socrates exists and Socrates does not exist; therefore (by the second part of this copulative proposition): Socrates does not exist; therefore a stick stands in the corner'. The consequence holds since the consequence is formal from a disjunctive with the denial (destrudio) of one * Omitting necessariam. 204 CONSEQUENCES of its parts to the other. And so every proposition similar in form to this would be a valid consequence if it were formed. This rule is usually expressed in the following words : 'from every copulative consisting of contradictorily opposed parts, there follows any other (proposition by) formal consequence'. This text is undoubtedly one of the peaks of scholastic prepo- sitional logic. Both the rule and its proof were part of the scholastic capital. It is to be found in Pseudo-Scotus in the form: 31.23 From every proposition evidently implying a con- tradiction, any other formally follows. So there follows for instance: 'Socrates runs and Socrates does not run, therefore you are at Rome.' The proof in 31.22 relies on the following laws as axioms, which are expressly formulated : 31.221 If P and Q then P. 31.222 If P and Q then Q. 31.223 If P then, P or Q. 31.224 If P or Q, then, if not-P then Q. The proof runs thus: (1) P and not-P (hypothesis) (2) P (by (1) and 31.221 with sub- stitution of 'not-P' for lQ') (3) P or Q (by (2) and 31.223 (cf. 31.10)) (4) not-P (by (1) and 31.222 with sub- stitution of 'not-P' for lQ') (5) Q (by (3), (4) and 31.224) And this was the probandum, Q being any proposition at all. Of the laws used in this proof, 31.221-2 are to be found in Ockham (31.24) and were also familiar to Paul of Venice. 31.223 is the modern law of the factor, accepted by the Scholastics from the time of Kil- wardby (31.10). 31.224 is the later modus tollendo ponens, ana- logous to the fifth indemonstrable of the Stoics (22.08), but using non-exclusive disjunction. D. PAUL OF VENICE Next we give some rules for copulative propositions, from Paul of Venice. 31.25 For the truth of an affirmative copulative (propo- sition) there is required and suffices the truth of both parts of the copulative. . . . 31.26 A corollary from this rule is the second: that for the 205 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC falsity of an affirmative copulative the falsity of one of its parts is sufficient. . . . 31.27 The third rule is this: for the possibility of the copu- lative it is required and suffices that each of its principal parts is possible and each is compossible with each - or if there are more than two, with all. . . . 31.28 From this follows the fourth, viz.: for the impos- sibility of a copulative it is sufficient and requisite that one of its principal parts be impossible or that one be not compossible with the other, or the others. . . . 31.29 The fifth rule is this: for the necessity of an affir- mative copulative, the necessity of every one of its parts. . . . 31.30 From this rule follows the sixth: that for the contin- gence of a copulative it is required and suffices that one of its categorical principal parts be contingent and compossible with the other, or with all others if there are more than two. Similar rules for 'known', 'known as true', 'credible' follow. For disjunctives, the same author gives the following rules, among others: 31.31 From what has been said (cf. 31.223) there follow four corollaries. The first is: if there is an affirmative dis- junctive . . . composed of two categoricals of which one is superordinate to the other by reason of a term or terms in it, the argument is valid to the superordinate part; it follows e.g.: you run or you are in motion, therefore you are in motion. . . . 31.32 The second corollary is this: if there is a disjunctive consisting of two categoricals of which one is possible, the other impossible, the argument to the possible part is valid. Hence it follows validly: 'there is no God, or you do not exist, therefore you do not exist'; 'you are an ass or you run, therefore you run'. 31.33 The third corollary is this: if there be formed a disjunctive of two categoricals that are equivalent (convertibi- libus), the argument to each of them is valid, for it follows validly: 'there is no God or man is an ass, therefore man is an ass'. And from the same antecedent it follows that there is no God, since those categoricals, being impossible, are equivalent. It further follows: 'you are a man or you are risible, therefore you are risible', and it also follows that you are a man. 31.34 The fourth corollary is this: if a disjunctive be 206 CONSEQUENCES formed of two categoricals of which one is necessary and the other contingent, the argument is valid to the necessary part. Hence it follows validly: 'you run or God exists, therefore God exists'. And it is not strange that all such consequences hold, for the consequent follows of itself immediately (con- tinue) from each part of the disjunctive, hence it must follow too from the disjunctives themselves. 31.35 The eighth principal rule is this: from an affirmative disjunctive ... to the negative copulative formed of the contradictories of the parts of the disjunctive is a valid argument. The proof is that the affirmative copulative formed of the contradictories of the parts of the disjunctive contradicts the disjunctive, therefore the contradictory of that copulative, formed by prefixing a negative, follows from the disjunctive. For example 'you run or you are in motion, therefore: not, you do not run and you are not in motion' ; 'God exists or no man is an ass, therefore: not, there is no God and man is an ass'. Those consequences are evident, since the opposites of the consequents are incompatible with their antecedents, as has been said. 31.36 From that rule there follows as a corollary that from an affirmative copulative ... to a negative disjunctive formed of the contradictories of the parts of the copulative is a valid argument. Hence it follows validly: 'you are a man and you are an animal, therefore: not, you are not a man or you are not an animal'. Similarly it follows: 'you are not a goat and you are not an ass, therefore : not*, you are a goat or you are an ass'. . . . The last two texts contain two of the so-called 'de Morgan ' laws. So far as is known, they first occur in Ockham (31.37) and Burleigh (31.38)**. The latter gives them in the form of equivalences. 31.39 If one argues from an affirmative conditional, characterized (denominaia) by 'if, to a disjunctive consisting of the contradictory of the antecedent and the consequent* of the conditional the consequence is formal. The proof is that this consequence is formal : 'if you are a man you are an animal; therefore, you are not a man or you are an animal'. And no one example is more cogent than another, therefore all are valid consequences. * Adding non. * * But Peter of Spain ( Traclalus Syncategorematum) has the doctrine of 31.36. * * * Reading consequente for consequentis. 207 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC E. RULES OF CONSEQUENCES UT NUNC Buridan writes: 31.40 And it is to be noted that a proportionate conclusion is to be posited concerning consequences ut nunc (i.e. propor- tionate to that concerning simple consequences), viz. that from every false proposition there follows every other by a consequence ut nunc, because it is impossible that things being as they now are a proposition which is true should not be true. And so it is not impossible that it should be true, however anything else may not be true. And when the talk is of the past or future, then it can be called a consequence ut nunc, or however else you like to call it, e.g. it follows by a consequence ut nunc or ut tunc or even nunc per tunc: 'if Antichrist will not be generated, Aristotle never existed'. For though it be simply true that it is possible that Antichrist will not exist, yet it is impossible that he will not exist when things are going to be as they will be ; for he will exist, and it is impossible that he will exist and that he will not exist. We have here first of all the two classical 'paradoxical' laws of material implication: 31.401 If P is false then Q follows from P. 31.402 If P is true, then P follows from Q. Buridan provides an example of (substitution in) the first of these laws, putting the proposition 'Antichrist will not be generated' for lP\ and 'Aristotle never existed' for lQ\ The first proposition is, absolutely speaking, possible, so this cannot be a case of simple consequence (cf. the first rule, 31.14 supra), for that would require it to be absolutely impossible. But the consequence holds if taken ut nunc, since the proposition 'Antichrist will not be generated' will in fact be impossible in what will be the circumstances. Hence we have impossibility for that time (ut tunc) and so a consequence that holds for that time. This shows that even consequence for a given time is defined by means of impossibility. The difference between it and simple conse- quence consists only in the kind of impossibility, absolute (for all times and circumstances) in the case of simple consequence, con- ditioned in that of consequence for a given time. But impossibility ut nunc is defined as simple non-existence, and so the proposition 'Antichrist will not be generated' can be reckoned as impossible since Antichrist will in fact be generated. It follows that consequence ut nunc can be defined without the help of the modal functor, a proposition ut nunc being impossible simply when it is false. 208 CONSEQUENCES Another law of consequence ut nunc comes from the same text of Buridan : 31.41 If a conclusion follows from a proposition together with one or more additional propositions, the same conclusion follows from that proposition alone by a consequence ut nunc. This rule is analogous to the seventh rule given above for simple consequence (31.21), which shovvs that the whole system of simple consequences can be transformed into a system of consequences ut nunc by everywhere replacing 'necessary' by 'true' and 'impossi- ble' by 'false' and similar simplifications. Finally we remark that Buridan, so far as is now known, is the only scholastic logician to develop laws of consequence ut nunc, though he devoted much less space to them than to simple conse- quences. In Paul of Venice the subject of consequence ut nunc seems to have dropped out completely. 209 III. LOGIC OF TERMS §32. ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC Contrary to a widespread opinion, the assertoric syllogistic was not only not the only, it was not even the chief subject of scholastic logic. The Scholastics, like most of the Commentators (24.271 ff.), thought of syllogisms as rules (cf. 30.11) rather than conditional propositions. The domain of syllogisms received a significant exten- sion through the introduction of singular terms already in Ockham's time. But the new formulae thus derived will here be given separately under the heading 'Other Formulae' (§ 34) since they effect an essential alteration in the Aristotelian syllogistic. In the present section we shall confine ourselves to that part of the scholastic treatment which can still be deemed Aristotelian. Here, too, everything is treated purely metalogically (except in some early logicians such as Albert the Great), but that is quite in the Aristo- telian tradition (14.25ff.). The most important contributions are these: (1) the devising of numerous mnemonics for the syllogistic moods and their inter- relationships, culminating in the pons asinorum. (2) The systematic introduction and thorough investigation of the fourth figure. (3) The position and investigation of the problem of the null class, which has already received mention in connection with appellation (§ 28, B). A. EARLY MNEMONICS L. Minio-Paluello has recently made the big discovery of an early attempt to construct syllogistic mnemonics, in a MS of the early 13th century. This deprives of its last claims to credibility Prantl's legend of the Byzantine origin of such mnemonics. * The essentials are these: 32.06 It is to be remarked that there are certain notations (notulae) for signifying the moods. . . . The four letters e, i, o, u signify universal affirmatives, and the four letters /, m, n, r signify universal negatives, and the three** a, s, t signify * Carl Prantl, relying on a single MS, ascribed to Michael Psellus (1018 to 1078/96) the 'Lvvotyit; elq ttjv 'AptaTOTeXou<; Xoyix^v eTuarrjpgv in which such mnemonics occur, and stated that the Summulae of Peter of Spain was a trans- lation from that (32.01). In that opinion he was the victim of a great mistake, since M. Grabmann (32.02) following C. Thurot (32.03), V. Rose (32.04) and R. Stapper (32.05) has shown the Hvvotyic, to be by George Scholarios (1400-1464) and a translation of the Summulae. * * Reading '3' for '4'. 210 ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC particular affirmatives, and b, c, d signify particular negatives. So the moods of the first figure are shown in the following verse: uio, non, est (tost), lac, uia, mel, uas, erp, arc. Thus the first mood of the first figure, signified by the notation uio, consists of a first universal affirmative and a subsequent universal affirmative, (and) concludes to a universal affirma- tive; e.g.: All man is animal and all risible is man, therefore all risible is animal. . . . The moods of the second figure are shown in the following verse: ren, erm, vac* , obd. . . . The moods of the third figure are shown in the following verse: eua, nee, aut, esa, due, nac. This is a very primitive technique, but at least it shows that the highly developed terminology of Peter of Spain*** had antecedents in Scholasticism itself. We cite the relevant texts from the Summulae Logicales. B. BARBARA-CELARENT 32.07 After giving a threefold division of propositions it is to be known that there is a threefold enquiry to be made about them, viz. What?, Of what kind?, How much? 'What?' enquires about the nature (substantia) of the proposition, so that to the question 'What?' is to be answered 'categorical' or 'hypothetical'; to 'Of what kind?' - 'affirmative' or 'negative'; to 'How much?' - 'universal', 'particular', 'indefinite', 'singular'. Whence the verse: Quae ca vel hip, qualis ne vel aff, un quanta par in sin. the questions being in Latin: quae?, qualis?, quanta?, and the answers: categorica, hypoihetica, affirmaiiva, universalis, particularis, infinita, singularis. So far as we know this is the first text in which the notions of quality and quantity occur. The full set of technical terms connected therewith, together with some others, appears in the next passage which resumes the doctrine of conversion. 32.08 The conversion of propositions having both terms in common but with the order reversed, is threefold; viz. * MS has 'rachc\ * * Personal thanks are due to Prof. L. Minio-Paluello for telling us of this MS and helping to restore the text. * * * This can not have originated with him. Prof L. Minio-Paluello informed me on 24. 6. 55 that he had found the word 'Fesiino' in a MS dating at the latest from 1200. 211 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC simple, accidental, and by contraposition. Simple conversion is when the predicate is made from the subject and conversely, the quality and quantity remaining the same. And in this way are converted the universal negative and the particular affirmative. . . . The universal affirmative is similarly con- verted when the terms are equivalent (convertibilibus). . . . Accidental conversion is when the predicate is made from the subject and conversely, the quality remaining the same, but the quantity being changed ; and in this way the universal negative is converted into the particular negative, and the universal affirmative into the particular affirmative. . . . The law of accidental conversion of the universal negative is not in Aristotle. 32.09 Conversion by contraposition is to make the predi- cate from the subject and conversely, quality and quantity remaining the same, but finite terms being changed to infinite ones. And in this way the universal affirmative is converted into itself and the particular negative into itself, e.g. 'all man is animal' - 'all non-animal is non-man'; 'some man is not stone' - 'some non-stone is not non-man'.* Hence the verses: A Affirms, E rEvokes**, both universal, / affirms, 0 revOkes**, both in particular. Simply converts fEel, accidentally EvA, AstO by contra(position) ; and these are all the conversions. The classical expressions Barbara, Celarent, etc. seem to have been fairly generally known about 1250. After describing the assertoric moods Peter of Spain introduced them thus: 32.10 Hence the verses: Figure the first to every kind*** concludes, The second only yields negations, Particulars only from third figure moods. Barbara, celarent, darii, ferion, baralipton, Celantes, dabitis, fapesmo, frisesomorum. Cesare. camestres, festino, baroco, darapti. Felapto, disamis, datisi, bocardo, ferison. * Reading non homo. * * negat. * * * viz. problematis. 212 ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC 32.11 In those four verses there are twenty-one expressions (didiones) which so correspond to the twenty-one moods of the three figures that by the first expression is to be understood the first mood, and by the second the second, and so with the others. Hence the first two verses correspond to the moods of the first figure, but the third to the moods of the second save for its last expression. It is to be known therefore that by these four vowels, viz. A, E, 1,0 set in the aforesaid verses there are understood the four kinds of proposition. By the vowel A is understood the universal affirmative, by E the universal negative, by / the particular affirmative, by 0 the particular negative. 32.12 Further it is to be known that in each expression there are three syllables representing three propositions, and if there is anything extra it is superfluous, excepting M as will appear later. And by the first syllable is understood the major proposition, similarly by the second the second proposi- tion, and by the third the conclusion; e.g. the first expression, viz. Barbara, has three syllables, in each of which A is set, and A set three times signifies that the first mood of the first figure consists of two universal affirmatives concluding to a universal affirmative; and thus it is to be understood about the other expressions according to the vowels there set. 32.13 Further it is to be known that the first four expres- sions of the first verse begin with these consonants, B, C, D, F, and all the subsequent expressions begin with the same, and by this is to be understood that all the subsequent moods beginning with B are reduced to the first mood of the first figure, with C to the second, with D to the third, with F to the fourth. 32.14 Further it is to be known that wherever S is put in these expressions, it signifies that the proposition understood by means of the vowel immediately preceding should be converted simply. And by P is signified that the proposition which is understood by means of the vowel immediately preceding is to be converted accidentally. And wherever M is put, it signifies that transposition of the premisses is to be effected. Transposition is to make the major minor and conversely. And where C is put, it signifies that the mood understood by means of that expression is to be reduced per impossibile. Whence the verses: 213 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC S enjoins simple conversion, per accidens P, Transpose with M, ad impossibile C. George Scholarios's Greek version of the four last verses of 32.10 is not without interest (cf. 32.02 ff.): 32.15 Tpa^fjiaTa Kypa^e ypacpiSi re^vixoc;, (I) rpa[X(JLacr!,v fe'ra^e x^?lGl rcapOevos ispov (la) "Eypoc^s y.oi'zzjz uiTpiov a^oXov. (II) "Ktzolgi aOevapcx; taaxt? a<j7ci§i 6(xaXo<; (pepwjTos. (Ill) Unlike the Latin ones, these verses are meaningful, and can be rendered: Letters there wrote with a style a scholar, With letters there composed for the Graces a maiden a dedica- tion. She wrote: Cleave to the moderate, un-wrathful (man). In all, that strength which like a shield is well-proportioned is the best. The names Barbara, Celareni etc. have survived the era of Scho- lasticism and are still in use today, unlike many other syllogistic mnemonics. We give some examples of these others, and first some which concern the technique of reducing moods of the second and third figures (also of the 'indirect' moods of the first figure : 17.111 ff.) to moods of the first. For that purpose, Jodoc Trutfeder at the beginning of the 16th century gave these expressions: 32.16 Baralipton Nes- Celareni Celantes ci- Darii Dab His e- Celareni Fapesmo ba- Barbara Frisemom tis. Darii Cesare 0- Ferio Camestres di- Darii Festino e- Celareni Baroco bam. Barbara Darapli Le- Celareni Felapton va- Barbara Disamis re. Celareni Datisi Bo- Ferio Bocardo man- Barbara Ferison nis. Darii These expressions serve for the indirect process of Aristotle (§ 14, D). Thus for instance from Celareni, by putting the contra- dictory opposite (/) of its conclusion (E) for the minor premiss (A) there is concluded the contradictory of the latter (0), and one has 214 ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC Festino. Applying this treatment to the major premiss one has Disamis. Evidently some further processes must be employed to get a few further moods. E.g. to get Felapton and Darapti from Barbara and Celarent respectively, one must first deduce Barbari and Celaronl (24.271 f.). So too in the case of Dabilis (24.273). Further mnemonics that were used will he mentioned later (32.24 and 32.38). C. BARBARI-CELARONT Similar mnemonic expressions are found for the so-called 'sub- alternate' moods (24.271-24.281). A complete list with names appears in a text of Peter of Mantua that is in other respects very defective: 32.17 . . . the first (formula) ... is usually signified by the expression Barbara. The second formula has premisses arranged in the way described which conclude to the particular affir- mative or indefinite of the consequent of the first formula that we posited, and this we are wont to call Barbari. . . . From the aforesaid (premisses) can also be concluded the particular negative of (i.e. corresponding to) the consequent of the aforesaid formula, which (new) formula we can call Celaronl. . . . The eighth formula, which is called Baralipton, follows from Barbari, by conversion of its conclusion. . . . The ninth formula is called Celantes . . . from it follows the tenth, which is called Celantos; it concludes to a particular or indefinite conclusion. . . . The second mood (of the second figure) can be gained from the aforesaid premisses (of the mood Cesare) by concluding to the particular that corresponds to (Cesare's) conclusion, and is signified by the expression Cesaro. . . . The next formula ... is usually called Cameslres. From it there follows another formula which we call Camestro. So Peter of Mantua has five subalternate moods besides the nineteen moods of Peter of Spain, in fact the full twenty-four. But he has many others as well, commonly forming an 'indirect' mood corresponding to each of the others (applying the Aristotelian rules of § 13), e.g. a Cesares corresponding to Cesare. Cesares would look like this: No man is stone ; All marble is stone ; Therefore no man is marble. 215 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC Contrast the following in Camestres : All marble is stone; No man is stone; Therefore no man is marble. The only difference between the two is in the order of the premisses, and to reckon them as distinct moods is an extreme of formalism. Peter of Mantua further forms such moods as Barocos, with the O-conclusion of Baroco converted (!) and other false formulas.* D. THE FOURTH FIGURE 1. Among the Latins We know of no scholastic logical text in Latin where the fourth figure in the modern sense can be found, though all logicians of the period develop the 'indirect moods of the first'. They are mostly aware of a fourth figure, but treat it as not distinct from the first, e.g. Albert the Great (32.18), Shyreswood (32.19), Ockham (32.20), Pseudo-Scotus (32.21), Albert of Saxony (32.22), Paul of Venice (32.23). We give an instance from Albert of Saxony. 32.22 (The syllogism is constituted) in a fourth way if the middle is predicated in the first premiss, subjected in the second. . . . But it is to be noted that the first figure differs from the fourth only by interchange of premisses which does nothing towards the deducibility or non-deducibility of the conclusion. Some later logicians do recognize a 'fourth figure' but this again is not the modern one; only the first with interchanged premisses, as in the last text. This is very clear in Peter Tarteret and Peter of Mantua. We quote the first: 32.24 First (dictum): Taking 'figure' in a wide sense, the fourth figure is no different from the first but contained under it. Second: taking 'first figure' in a specific sense, a fourth figure is to be posited distinct from the first; and the fourth figure consists in this, that the middle is predicate in the major premiss, subject in the minor, e.g. 'all man is animal; all animal is substance; therefore all man is substance'. * It should be understood in respect of this and the following sub-section that after Peter of Spain (generalizing the method of Boethius and Shyreswood for the second and third figures) it was usual to define the major and minor premisses as the first and second stated, and the extreme terms with reference to the premisses, not the conclusion. 48 moods in 4 figures can be (and some- times were) correctly distinguished on this basis. 'Classical' failure to distinguish this from the method of Albalag (which goes back to Philoponus) resulted in many inconsistencies. (Ed.) 216 ASSERTORIG SYLLOGISTIC Third : there are four moods of the fourth figure, viz. Bamana, Camene, Dimari, and Fimeno. They are reduced to the first figure by mere exchange of premisses. Peter of Mantua also has Bamana etc. 2. In Albalag Yet a clearly formulated doctrine of the 'genuine' fourth figure is to be found in a 13th century text- of the Jewish philosopher Alba- lag.* This text, like the foregoing, seems to have been without influence on the development of logic in the Middle Ages. It was recently discovered by Dr. G. Vajda and has never been translated into Latin. We quote it here at length for its originality, and because it is instructive about the level of logic at that time. 32.25 In my opinion there must be four figures. For the middle term can be subject in one of the two premisses and predicate in the other in two ways: (1) the middle term is subject in the minor, predicate in the major, (2) it is predicate in the minor, subject in the major. The ancients only con- sidered the second arrangement and called it the 'first figure'. This admits of four moods which can yield a conclusion. But the first arrangement, which I have found, admits of five moods which can yield a conclusion. . . . 32.26 We say then that this new figure is subject to three conditions: (1) one of its premisses must be affirmative, the other universal; (2) if the minor premiss is affirmative, the major will be universal; (3) if the major is particular, the minor will be affirmative. The conditions exclude eleven of the sixteen (theoretically possible) moods; there remain therefore five which can yield a conclusion. 32.27 (1) The minor particular affirmative, the major universal negative : Some white is animal. No raven is white. Some animal is not raven. Then one can convert the minor particular affirmative and the major universal negative and say: Some animal is white, No white is raven, which yields the third mood of the first figure. * This was kindly put at my disposal, together with a French translation, by Dr. G. Vajda. 217 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC 32.28 (2) The minor universal affirmative, the major universal negative: All man is animal. No man is raven. Some animal is not raven. Then one can get back to the third mood of the first figure by converting both premisses. 32.29 (3) The minor universal negative, the major universal affirmative : No man is stone. Every speaker is man. No stone is speaker. Exchanging the minor and major with one another, one comes back to the second mood of the first figure, of which the conclusion will be: 'No speaker is stone', and one only needs to convert this to obtain 'No stone is speaker'. 32.30 (4) Two affirmatives: All composite is not eternal. All body is composite. Some not eternal is body. Here one can interchange the minor and major premisses and reach the first figure, with conclusion: 'All body is not eternal' which can be converted to 'Some not eternal is body'. 32.31 (5) The minor universal affirmative, the major particular affirmative : All man is speaker. Some white is man. Some speaker is white. If one interchanges the minor and major premisses, one concludes in the first figure: 'some white is speaker' which will be converted as above. . . . 32.32 . . . the syllogism is formed with reference to a determinate proposition which is first established and laid down in the mind, and the truth of which one then tries to justify and manifest by means of the syllogism. Of the premisses, that containing the term which is predicate of this proposition is the major, that containing the subject is the minor. Albalag here presents the modern definition of the syllogistic terms, not according to their extension, but formally, according to their pla- ces in the conclusion. The modern names of the moods he introduces are: Fresison, Fesapo, Calemes, Bamalip and Dimaris (cf. § 36, F). 218 assertory syi.i.oojsth; There is missing only that corresponding to Peter of Mantua's Celantos (32.17), viz. Calemop. Albalag also formulates the general rules of the fourth figure, and uses the combinatorial method. E. COMBINATORIAL METHOD In Albert the Great we find a procedure taken over from the Arabs (32.33) by which all possible moods of the syllogism are first determined combinatorially, and the invalid ones then discarded. The relevant text runs: 32.34 It is to be known that with such an ordering of terms and arrangement of premisses (propositionum) sixteen conjugations result, yielded by the quantity and quality of the premisses. For if the middle is subject in the major and predicate in the minor, either (1) both premisses are universal, or (2) both are particular, or one (is) universal and the other particular and this in two ways: for either (3) the major is universal and the minor particular, or (4) conversely the major particular and the minor universal; these are the four gained by combinations of quantity. When each is multiplied by four in respect of affirmation and denial, there are sixteen conjugations in all, thus: if both (premisses) are universal either (1) both are affirmative, or (2) both negative, or (3) the major is affirmative and the minor negative, or con- versely (4) the major is negative and the minor affirmative: and there are four conjugations. But if both are particular, there are again four conjugations . . . etc. We may compare with that the text of Albalag (32.25 ff.). Kil- wardby uses similar methods. F. INVENTIO MEDII, PONS ASINORUM The Aristotelian doctrine of the inveniio medii (14.29) was keenly studied by the Scholastics, and the schema of Philoponus (24.35) was not only taken over, but also further developed. It is to be found as early as Albert the Great, who probably found it in Averroes (32.35) ; Albert's version differs from that of Philoponus and Aver- roes only in the particular formulae employed. But as we find it in him, it became the foundation of the famous pons asinorum. so that it must be given in this form as well : 219 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC 32.36 All Pis M.) AB (NoPisM.) AD (All Mis P.) AC FE (All S is M. HE (NoSisM.) (All MisS.) The further development of this figure is the pons asinorum, which must have been known to George of Brussels (32.37) since Thomas Bricot in a commentary on George's lectures gives the mnemonic words for it with the following explanation: 32.38 When the letters A, E, I, 0 are put in the third syllable they signify the quality and quantity of the con- clusion to be drawn. . . . When the letters A and E are put in the first or second syllable, A signifies the predicate and E the subject. And each of the letters can be accompanied by three consonants; A with B, C, D, and then B signifies that the middle should follow on the predicate, C that it should be antecedent, D that it should be extraneous. Similarly E is accompanied by F, G, H, and then F signifies that the middle should follow on the subject, G that it should be antecedent, H that it should be extraneous. As is made clear in these verses: jB's the subject, F its sequent, G precedent, F outside; ^4's the predicate, B its sequent, C precedent, F outside. . . . To conclude to a universal affirmative, a middle is to be taken which is sequent to the subject and antecedent to the predicate ; and this is shown by Fecana. ... To conclude a particular affirmative in Darapti, Disamis and Dalisi, a middle is to be taken which is antecedent to both extremes, as is made clear by Cageti. ... To conclude to a universal negative in Celarent or Cesare a middle is to be taken which 220 frunpergUiitaunipti y ■ iituuti Pontrm u-.*Jrjura (v'rrtrrtuiido cidci't Impcdichicoo.l •* fenfm firm tc Jjc oc a!tog In doctis ulcus cl't ilhi nulla lalus Horrrf rqaus talcm ui ;J.n i nc »itUl?«aC1 Dun gradirurccrnrri' ftc 'kc ire potent Nod iguur rurfum dira ueuant ^finorum (^.ui (cdcos retro nunc rcminrrcuolo. ■fhedtutum /Mmus . mratjboin.dump^ns.opanerrrmu Aims, Hcti mrqd feciSruo nrcfbftmihiqie^ Kficns 5»tiiUiKuadAlab«,uratoicgtcdia* cadca Aux.l.uin.mon.corqua.dcdttWFOiOf. Pons Asinorum after Peter Tarteret (32.39 ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC is extraneous to the predicate and consequent on the subject, as is made clear by Dafenes. But if the inference is to be in Cameslres, the middle must be extraneous to the subject and consequent on the predicate, as is made clear by Hebare. . . . For concluding to a particular negative in the third figure, the middle should be antecedent to the subject and extra- neous to the predicate, as is made clear by Gedaco. ... To conclude indirectly to a particular affirmative, the middle must be antecedent to the subject and consequent on the predicate, as is made clear by Gebali. The mnemonic expressions given here employ the letters of Albert's figure, so that each expression corresponds to a line of the figure having the syllables of the mnemonic at its ends, a further syllable being added to show the quantity and quality of the corresponding conclusion. So this text of George's both illustrates the pons asinorum and helps to explain Albert's figure. The pons asinorum itself we have found only in Peter Tarteret, with the following introduction: 32.39 That the art of finding the middle may be easy, clear and evident to all, the following figure is composed (ponitur) to explain it. Because of its apparent difficulty it is commonly called the 'asses' bridge' (pons asinorum) though it can become familiar and clear to all if what is said in this section (passu) is understood. We give the schema itself in the preceding illustration. G. THE PROBLEM OF THE NULL GLASS The problem of the null class, i.e. of the laws of subalternation, accidental conversion (14.12, 32.08) and the syllogistic moods dependent on them, has been much discussed in recent times (46.01 ff.). It was already posed in the fourteenth century and solved by means of the doctrines of supposition and appellation. We give three series of texts, the first attributed to St. Vincent Ferrer, the second from Paul of Venice, the third from a neo-scholastic of the 17th century, a contemporary of Descartes, John of St. Thomas. Each gives a different solution. 1. St. Vincent Ferrer 32.40 Under every subject having natural supposition copulative descent can be made, with respect to the predicate, to all its supposita, whether such a subject supposes discretely* * Reading discrete for difinite. 221 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC or particularly or universally. Therefore it follows validly: Man is risible, therefore this man is risible, and that man. . . . 32.41 But against this rule there are many objections. . . . (Sixth objection:). ... In the propositions 'rain is water falling in drops', 'thunder is a noise in the clouds', the subjects have natural supposition. Yet it is not always permissible to descend in respect to the predicate to the supposita of the subject; for it does not follow: 'rain is water falling in drops, therefore this rain, and that rain, etc.'; since the antecedent is true even when there is no rain, as will be shortly said, and yet the consequent is not true nor even very intelligible, since when there is no rain (nulla pluvia exislenle) one cannot say 'this rain' or 'that rain', since a contradiction would be at once implied. In the same way must be judged the proposi- tion 'thunder is a noise etc' 32.42 To the sixth objection it is to be said that that rule . . . is understood (to hold) when such a subject has supposita actually (in aclu) and not otherwise. For no descent can be made to the supposita * of anything except when it has them actually, since, as the objection rightly says, an evident con- tradiction would be implied. . . . Hence the consequence which concludes from a universal proposition to singular ones contained under it, e.g. 'every man runs, therefore Socrates runs and Plato runs', and 'every man is an animal, therefore Plato is an animal etc.', is called by some logicians 'conse- quence ul nunc1. And rightly so, since no such consequence is valid except for a determinate time, i.e. when Socrates and Plato and the other supposita actually exist. 32.43 Against the seventh objection it is to be briefly said that the subject of the proposition 'the rose is sweet- smelling' - or as one can also put it 'the rose smells sweet' - has personal supposition, and it follows validly 'therefore the rose exists (est)'. But if one says 'the rose is odoriferous' so that 'odoriferous' (hoc quod dicitur odorifera) expresses aptitude, then the subject has natural supposition and it does not follow: 'therefore the rose exists'. Hence being odoriferous is to the rose as living to mankind, and what has been said about the proposition 'man is living' must also be understood about this: 'the rose is odoriferous'. * Reading supposita for subjecla. 222 ASSERTORIC SYLLOGISTIC The solution of the first text (32.40-42) consists then precisely in the exclusion of the null class (cf. § 40, Bj, 'null' being taken as 'actually null'. In other words: in the syllogistic every term must have appellation in the sense of Peter of Spain (28.13 f.). In the second part (32.43) it is stipulated for subalternation that the subject must have personal (27.17 f.) and not natural (27.14) supposition. This evidently presupposes that a term with personal supposition stands for really existent things. Thus we have the same solution as before, 2. Paul of Venice 32.44 The third rule is this: universal affirmative and particular or indefinite (affirmative, as also universal negative and particular or indefinite) negative (propositions) which have similarly and correctly supposing terms, are subalternate, and conversely, explicitly or implicitly, in the logical square (figura). Hence the following are subalternate: 'every man is an animal' and 'a certain man is an animal', and similarly: 'no man is an animal' and 'a certain man is not an animal'. I say 'correctly supposing terms', since the extremes must explicitly or implicitly stand for just the same thing, if it is a case of only one suppositum, for the same things, if it is a case of several. And so I say that (the following) are not subalternate: 'every man is an animal', 'a certain man is an animal', since under the supposition that there are no men, the universal would be true, but the particular false, contrary to the nature of subalterns. The reason why these are not subalternate is that the subjects do not stand for exactly the same thing. The subaltern of the former is therefore : 'man is an animal', and if one required a particular it must be this: 'a certain being which is a man is an animal'. So Paul of Venice confines himself to stating the general rule that both propositions in a subalternation must have subjects with exactly the same supposition. 3. John of St. Thomas John of St. Thomas deals with the problem of conversion. 32.45 Against the conversion of the universal affirmative, it is objected: the consequence 'every white man is a man, therefore a certain man is a white man' does not hold. For the antecedent is necessary, but the consequent can be false, in case no man in the world was white. . . . 223 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC The answer is that this (proposition) is not true in the sense in which the first proposition of which it is the converse is true. For when it is said: 'every white man is a man', with 'is' taken accidentally, for an existing man, this proposition in the argument given as an example is false, and its converse too. But when the 'is' abstracts from time and renders the proposition necessary, then 'white' will not be verified in the sense of existence, but according to possibility, i.e. independently of time, in the following sense: 'every possibly white man is a man', presupposing that no such exists. Accordingly the converse must be: 'therefore a certain man is a man who is possibly white', and thus this is true. The following may serve as explanation: take the proposition (1) 'every Swiss king is a man'. By the rules of conversion (14.11, 32.08) we may infer (2) 'a certain man is a Swiss king'. But (1) is true, (2) false. Therefore the rule of conversion employed is not valid. To this the Scholastics would answer that in (1) 'man' evi- dently stands for a possible man, not for a real one; it has therefore no appellation in the sense of 28.13. And so if (1) is converted into (2), 'man' in (2) also supposes for possible men and in this sense (2) is true as well as (1). A further interesting point is that singular terms always have appellation (28.13), so that the Scholastics attribute to proper names the same property with which the moderns endow descrip- tions (cf. § 46). §33. MODAL SYLLOGISTIC The history of scholastic modal syllogistic has been investigated from the modern point of view up to and inclusive of Pseudo-Scotus (33.01). We know that there was more than one system of modal logic in the Middle Ages and can to some extent follow the devel- opment. A. ALBERT THE GREAT The work of Albert the Great constitutes the starting point and, as his own text suggests (33.02), would seem to have drawn on Arabic sources. To begin with, he shows much the same doctrine as has been ascribed above (29.09) ; cf. also 23.10, 29.12) to Thomas Aquinas and which is basic for the whole of Scholasticism (33.03), viz. the distinction of the composite (composita, de dido) and the divided (divisa, de re) modal proposition, i. e. between that in which the modal functor governs the whole dictum and that in which it 224 MODAL SYLLOGISTIC governs only a part. Later Albert gives a clear statement of the Aristotelian distinction of the two structure- of the modal proposi- tion in the divided sense: 33.04 That the predicate A possibly belongs to the subject B means one of these: (1) that A possibly belongs to that which is B and of which B is predicated in the sense of actual inherence, or (2) that A possibly belongs to that to which B possibly belongs. There is added a third structure, unknown to Aristotle: 33.05 And if someone asks why the third meaning (acceptio) of the contingent is not given here, viz. that whatever is necessarily B is possibly A, since this is used in the mixing of the contingent and the necessary, it is to be answered that it is left sufficiently clear from what else has been determined about the mixing of the assertoric and the contingent. The structure in question is this: For all x: if x is necessarily B, x is possibly A. It is significant that Albert the Great puts this doctrine at the beginning of the presentation of his theory of modal syllogisms in a special chapter entitled De dici de omni el dici de nullo in propo- silionibus de contingenti (33.06). What for Aristotle are marginal thoughts about the structure of modals by comparison with his main ideas (15.13), have here become fundamental. We find then in Albert the Great a systematization of the Ari- stotelian teaching about the kinds of modal functors (33.07), and a thorough presentation of the syllogistic of the Prior Analytics. B. PSEUDO-SCOTUS Besides the four classical modal functors Pseudo-Scotus intro- duces others: 'of itself (per se), 'true', 'false', 'doubtful' (dubium), 'known' {scitum), 'opined' (opinatum), 'apparent', 'known' (notum), 'willed' (volitum), 'preferred' (dilectum) (33.08), and so a number of 'subjective' functors. He formulates a long series of laws of modal propositional logic (modal consequences), among which are the following: 33.09 If the antecedent is necessary the consequent is necessary . . . and similarly with the other (positive) modes. 33.10 Modal (de modo) propositions in the composite sense with the (negative) modes 'impossible', 'false', 'doubtful' are not convertible like assertoric ones. Proof: for otherwise the 225 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC (following) rules would be true : 'if the antecedent is impossible, the consequent is impossible', 'if the antecedent is doubtful, the consequent is doubtful' ; but they are false. . . . 33.11 It follows: possibly no B is A, therefore possibly no A is B: since both (propositions) 'no B is A' and 'no A is B' follow from one another. So if one is contingent, the other is too: otherwise the contingent would follow from the neces- sary. . . . 33.12 If the premisses are necessary, the conclusion is necessary. With the help of these and other laws known to us from the chapter on propositional consequences, Pseudo-Scotus proceeds to establish two systems of syllogistic, one with modal propositions in the composite, the other in the divided sense. As premisses he uses not only contingent but also (one-sidedly: (15.071) possible and impossible propositions. We cite only a few examples from his teaching on conversion: 33.13 Modal proposition in the composite sense are con- verted in just the same way as assertoric ones. 33.14 Affirmative possible (de possibili) propositions in the divided sense (in which the subject stands) for that which is, are not properly speaking converted. Proof: on the supposition that whatever is in fact running is an ass, the following is true : 'every man can run' in the sense that everything which is a man is able to run, but its converse is false: 'a certain runner can be a man', . . . And I say 'properly speaking' on purpose, since (these propositions) can in a secondary sense be converted into assertorics. E.g. 'every man can run, therefore a certain thing that can run is a man'. . . . 33.15 The third thesis concerns affirmative possible pro- positions, in which the subject stands for that which can exist, for such affirmatives are converted in the same way as assertorics. . . . 33.16 As concerns necessary propositions, and first those which are to be understood in this (divided) sense with subject standing for what is, the first thesis is this, that affirmatives. . . are not converted; for supposing that God is creating, it does not follow: 'whatever is creating is necessarily God, therefore a certain God is creating necessarily'. 33.17 The second thesis is that negative necessary propo- sitions with subject standing for what is, are not converted. . . . 226 MODAL SYLLOGISTIC 33.18 Third thesis: that affirmative necessary propositions with subject standing for what can be are not properly speaking converted. . . . 33.19 Fourth thesis about necessary propositions with subject standing for what can be : universal negatives are simply converted, particular negatives not. Proof: since, as has been said earlier, the particular affirmative possible (proposition with subject standing) for what can be, converts simply, and it contradicts the universal negative necessary (proposition with subject standing) for what can be; so: if one of two contradictories is simply converted, so is the other, since when the consequent follows from the antecedent, the opposite of the antecedent follows from the opposite of the consequent. c. OCKHAM Pseudo-Scotus introduced 1. one-sidedly possible premisses into the syllogistic, 2. in the composite sense. Ockham has a further innovation: he treats also of syllogisms in which one premiss is taken in the composite, the other in the divided sense. At the same time the whole modal syllogistic is formally developed from its structural bases with remarkable acumen. We give only two examples: 33.20 As to the first figure it is to be known that when necessary premisses are taken in the composite sense, or when some are taken that are equivalent to those propositions in the composite sense, there is always a valid syllogism with a conclusion that is similar in respect of the composite or equivalent sense. . . . But when all the propositions are taken in the divided sense, or equivalent ones, a direct conclusion always follows, but not always an indirect. The first is evident because every such syllogism is regulated by did de omni or [did) de nullo. For by such a universal proposition it is denoted that of whatever the subject is said, of that the predicate is said. As by this: 'every man is necessarily an animal' is denoted that of whatever the subject 'man' is said, of that the predicate 'animal' is necessarily said. And the same holds good proportionately of the universal negative. Therefore adjoining a minor affirmative in which the subject (of the major) is predicated of something with the mode of necessity, the inference proceeds by did de omni or de nullo (cf. 14.23). Hence it follows validly: 'every man is necessarily an animal, 227 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC Socrates is necessarily a man, therefore Socrates is necessarily an animal'. But the indirect conclusion, viz. the converse of that conclusion with no other variation than the transposition of terms does not follow . . . (There follows here the reason as in 33.16). But if the major is taken in the composite sense, or an equivalent (proposition), and the minor in the divided sense, the conclusion follows in the composite sense and not in the divided. The first is evident, because it follows validly: 'This is necessary: every divine person is God, one creating is necessarily a divine person, therefore one creating is necessa- rily God'. But this does not follow: 'therefore this is necessary: one creating is God'. But if the major is taken in the divided sense, or an equi- valent (proposition), and the minor in the composite sense, the conclusion follows in the divided sense and in the composite sense. And the reason is that it is impossible that something (B) essentially (per se) or accidentally inferior (to A) should be necessarily predicated of something (67), so that the proposition ('67 is B') would be necessary, without the proposition in which the superior (A) of that inferior (B) is predicated of the same (67) (viz. '67 is A') also being neces- sary. So for every Aristotelian formula Ockham has the four: (1) with both premisses in the composite sense, like Theophrastus (cf. 17.15 f.); (2) with both premisses in the divided sense, like Aristotle - as was concluded from the indications available (§ 15, B) ; (3) the major premiss composite, the minor divided ; (4) the major premiss divided, the minor composite. Another example is the following treatment of syllogisms with both premisses in the mode of simple (one-sided) possibility: 33.21 ... I here understand 'possible' in the sense of the possibility which is common to all propositions that are not impossible. And it is to be known that in every figure, if all the propositions be taken as possible in the compounded sense, or if equivalent ones to those be taken, the syllogism is invalid because inference would proceed by this rule: the premisses are possible, therefore the conclusion is possible, which rule is false. Hence it does not follow: 'that everything coloured is white is possible, that everything black is coloured is possible, therefore that everything black is white is pos- sible'. . . . And so the rule is false: the premisses are possible 228 MODAL SYLLOGISTIC therefore the conclusion is possible. But this rule is true: if the premisses are possible and compossible, the conclusion is possible (cf. 31.27) . . . But if the possible proposition be taken in the divided sense, or an equivalent one be taken, such as are propositions like 'every man can be white', 'a white thing can be black' etc. . . . there the subject can stand for things which are or for things which can be, i.e. for things of which it is verified by a verb in the present, or for things of which it is verified by a verb of possibility. ... As if I say: 'every white thing can be a man', one sense is this: everything which is white can be a man, and this sense is true if there be nothing white but man. Another sense is this: everything which can be white can be a man, and this is false whether only man be white or something other than man. . . . And it is to be known that if the subject of the major be taken for things which can be . . . however the subject of the minor be taken, the uniform syllogism is always valid and is regulated by did de omni or de nullo, and the common prin- ciples of the assertoric syllogism hold. E.g. if one argues thus: 'every white thing can be a man - i.e. everything that can be white can be a man - every ass can be white, therefore every ass can be a man'. . . . But if the subject of the major supposes for things which are, then such a uniform (syllogism) is not valid, for it does not follow: 'everything which is white can be a man, every ass can be white, therefore every ass can be a man'. For if there be nothing white but man, the premisses are true and the conclusion false. . . . These examples may suffice to give an idea of the problems discussed. We now give a summary of the different kinds of modal syllogism which Ockham considered. He distinguishes the following functors and kinds of functor: (1) 'necessary', (2) 'possible' (one-sidedly), (3) 'contingent' (two-sidedly, (4) 'impossible', (5) other modes (subjective). Further there are (6) the assertoric propositions. Ock- ham deals with syllogisms with premisses in the following combi- nations: 3-5 229 1-1 6-1 2-2 6-2 1-2 3-3 6-3 1-3 2-3 4-4 6-4 1-4 2-4 5-5 6-5 1-5 2-5 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC Altogether then he has eighteen classes. In each he discusses the four formulae mentioned above, and this in each of three figures - the analogates therefore of the nineteen classical moods. Theoretically this gives 1368 formulae, but many of them are invalid. Here, however, as with Aristotle (§ 15, D), there are also many moods without analogues in the assertoric syllogistic, so that the total number of valid modal syllogisms for Ockham, in spite of the many invalid analogues, may reach about a thousand. D. LOGIC OF PROPOSITIONS IN FUTURE AND PAST TENSES The Scholastics did not look on propositions about the future and the past as modal, but they treated them quite analogously to modals. Two texts from Ockham illustrate this point: 33.22 Concerning the conversion of propositions about the past and the future, the first thing to be known is that every proposition about the past and the future, in which a common term is subject, is to be distinguished ... in that the subject can suppose for what is or for what has been, if it is a proposi- tion about the past . . . e.g. 'the white thing was Socrates' is to be distinguished, since 'white' can suppose for what is white or for what was white. But if the proposition is about the future, it is to be distinguished because the subject can suppose for what is or for what will be. . . . Secondly it is to be known that when the subject of such a proposition supposes for what is, then the proposition should be converted into a proposition about the present, the subject being taken with the verb 'was' and the pronoun 'which', and not into a proposition about the past. Hence this consequence is not valid : 'no white thing was a man, therefore no man was white', if the subject of the antecedent be taken for what is. For let it be supposed that many men both living and dead have been white, and that many other things are and have been white, and that no man is now white, then the antecedent is true and the consequent false. . . . And so it should not be converted as aforesaid but thus: 'no white thing was a man, therefore nothing which was a man was white'. Then an example from syllogistic : 33.23 Now we must see how syllogisms are to be made from propositions about the past and the future. Here it is to be known that when the middle term is a common term, if the subject of the major supposes for things which are, the 230 OTHER FORMULAE minor should be about the present and not the future or the past; for if the minor proposition was about the past and not the present such a syllogism would not be governed by did de omni or de nullo, because in a universal major about the past with subject supposing for things which are, it is not denoted that the predicate is affirmed or denied by the verb in the past about whatever the subject is affirmed of by the verb in the past. But it is denoted that the predicate is affirmed or denied by the verb in the past about whatever the subject is affirmed of by a verb in the present. . . . But if the subject of the major supposes for things which have been, then one should not adjoin a minor about the present, because as is quite evident, the inference does not proceed by did de omni or de nullo; but a minor about the past should be taken, and it makes no difference whether the subject of the minor supposes for things which are or things which have been. Hence this syllogism is invalid: 'every white thing was a man, an ass is white, therefore an ass was a man'. . . . What has been said about propositions concerning the past, is to be maintained proportionately for those about the future. These principles are then applied to the syllogisms in the different figures. §34. OTHER FORMULAE In view of what we know about e.g. the composite and divided senses (29.13), and of our occasional discoveries of similar doctrines (28.15ff.), we must suppose that the Scholastics developed a num- ber of logical theories not pertaining either to propositional logic or to syllogistic in the Aristotelian sense. But this field is hardly at all explored ; e.g. we do not know whether they were acquainted with a more comprehensive logic of relations than that of Aristotle. We cite a few texts belonging to such theories, viz. (1) a series of texts about non-Aristotelian 'syllogisms' with singular terms, (2) an analysis of the quantifiers 'ever' and 'some', (3) a 'logical square' of so-called 'exponible' propositions, i.e. of propositions equivalent to the product or sum of a number of categoricals. In that connec- tion we finally give some theorems about the so-called syllogismus obliquus, which was not without importance for the later history of logic. Here it must be stressed even more than usual, that these are only fragments concerning a wide range of problems that has not been investigated. 231 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC A. SYLLOGISMS WITH SINGULAR TERMS A first widening of the Aristotelian syllogistic consists in the admission of singular terms and premisses.* Ockham already knows of the substitution that was to become classic : 34.01 Every man is an animal; Socrates is a man; Therefore, Socrates is an animal. Here the minor premiss is singular. But Ockham also allows singular propositions as major premisses: 34.02 For it follows validly (bene): 'Socrates is white, every man is Socrates, therefore every man is white'. . . . And such a syllogism ... is valid, like that which is regulated by did de omni or de nullo, since just as the subject of a universal proposition actually stands for all its significates, so too the singular subject stands for all its significates, since it only has one. The difference between a syllogism as instanced in 34.01 and the classical Aristotelian syllogism is only 'purely verbal' (34.03)! This may well be termed a revolutionary innovation. Not only are singular terms admitted, contrary to the practice of Aristotle, but they are formally equated with universal ones. The ground advanced for this remarkable position is that singular terms are names of classes, just like universal terms, only in this case* unit-classes. There- fore 34.02 is not propounding the syllogism as a substitution in the rule: 34.021 If 'for all x: if x is an S then x is a P' holds, and la is an S' holds, then it also holds : 'a is a P'. - where 'S' and 'P' are to be thought of as class-names, 'a' as an individual name -, but as a substitution in: 34.022 If 'for alia;: if x is an M then x is a P' holds, and 'for all x: if x is an 5 then x is an M' holds, then it holds: 'for all x: if x is an S then x is a P' - where 'M', 'S' and 'P' are all class-names. In that case the sole difference between the Aristotelian and Ockhamist syllogisms is that the former is a proposition, the latter a rule. Admittedly the basis of the system is altered with the introduction of names for unit- classes. Again, the syllogisms with singular terms that are usually attri- buted to Peter Ramus, are already to be found in Ockham. 34.02 contains one example; here is another: * But 34.01 is Stoic. Vid. Sextus Empiricus, Pyrr. Hyp. B 164 ff. 232 OTHER FORMULAE 34.04 Although it has been said above that one cannot argue from affirmatives in the second figure, yet two cases are to be excepted from that general rule. The first is, if the middle term is a discrete term, for then one can infer a conclusion from two affirmatives, e.g. it follows validly: 'every man is Socrates, Plato is Socrates, therefore Plato is a man'. And such a syllogism can be proved, because if the propositions are con- verted there will result an expository syllogism in the third figure. The proof offered at the end of that text is evidently connected with the Aristotelian ecthesis (13.13), as is suggested by the scholastic term 'expository syllogism' and the following text from Ockham: 34.05 Besides the aforesaid syllogisms, there are also expository syllogisms, about which we must now speak. Where it is to be known that an expository syllogism is one which is constituted by two singular premisses arranged in the third figure, which, however, can yield both a singular, and a particular or indefinite conclusion, but not a universal one, just as two universals in the third figure cannot yield a universal. ... To which it must be added that the minor must be affirmative, because if the minor is negative the syllogism is not valid. ... If the minor is affirmative, whether the major is affirmative or negative, the syllogism is always valid. Stephen de Monte summarizes this doctrine in systematic fashion : 34.06 But it is asked whether we can rightly syllogize by means of an expository syllogism in every figure ; I say that we can. For affirmatives hold in virtue of this principle : when two different terms are united with some singular term taken singularly and univocally, in some affirmative copulative proposition from which the consequence holds to two uni- versal affirmatives (de omni), such terms should be mutually united in the conclusion. . . . But negatives hold in virtue of this principle: whenever one of two terms is united with a singular term etc., truly and affirmatively, and the other negatively, such terms should be mutually united negatively, respect being had to the logical properties. . . . Seven syllogisms arise in this way, two in each of the first and third figures, three in the second. SCHOLASTIC LOGIC B. ANALYSIS OF 'EVERY' AND 'SOME' 34.07 We proceed to the signs which render (propositions) universal or particular. ... Of such signs, one is the universal, the other is the particular. The universal sign is that by which it is signified that the universal term to which it is adjoined stands copulatively for its suppositum (per modum copula- tionis). . . . The particular sign is that by which it is signified that a universal term stands disjunctively for all its supposita. And I purposely say 'copulatively' when speaking of the uni- versal sign, since if one says : 'every man runs 'it follows formal- ly: 'therefore this man runs, and that man runs, etc' But of the particular sign I have said that it signifies that a universal term to which it is adjoined stands disjunctively for all its supposita. That is evident since if one says: 'some man runs' it follows that Socrates or Plato runs, or Cicero runs, and so of each (de singulis). This would not be so if this term did not stand for all these (supposita); but it is true that this is disjunctive. Hence it is requisite and necessary for the truth of this: 'some man runs', that it be true of some (definite) man to say that he runs, i.e. that one of the singular (pro- positions) is true which is a part of the disjunctive (proposi- tion) : 'Socrates (runs) or Plato runs, and so of each', since it is sufficient for the truth of a disjunctive that one of its parts be true (cf. 31.10 and 31.223). This is the quite 'modern' analysis of quantified propositions (44.03) in the following equivalences: 34.071 (For all x: x is F) if and only if: [a is F) and (b is F) and (c is F) etc. 34.072 (There is an x such that x is F) if and only if: {a is F) or (b is F) or (c is F) etc. Further remarkable is the express appeal to a propositional rule. In this text propositional logic is consciously made the basis of term- logic, and this is only one of many examples. C. EXPONIBLE PROPOSITIONS The so-called'exponible' propositions were scholastically discussed in considerable detail. They are those which are equivalent to a product or sum of a number of categoricals. There are three kinds, the exclusive, the exceptive, and the reduplicative. In view of the metalogical treatment we give the 'logical squares' of Tarteret for the first two kinds, with a substitution, also from him, and the mnemonic expressions: 234 OTHER FORMULAE 34.08 DIVES 'Only man is an animal' is thus expounded : CONTRARY (1) man is an animal and (2) nothing which is not man is an animal. OR AT 'Only man is not an animal' : (1) man is not an animal and (2) everything that is not man is an animal. (X w H < pq D C/2 % ■I -•\ ^ CT -O o * > CO CO > r H M 'Not only man is not an animal' : (1) every man is an animal or (2) something which is not a man is not an animal ANNO SUB- CONTRARY 'Not only man is an animal' : (1) man is not an animal or (2) something which is not man is an animal. HELI 34.09 AM ATE 'Every man besides Socrates runs' : PECCA TA 'Every man besides Socrates does not run': (1) every man who (1) every man who is not Socrates CONTRARY is not Socrates does runs and (2) not run and (2) Socrates is a man Socrates is a man and (3) Socrates and (3) Socrates does not run. runs. 235 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC O 4y 'Not every man SUB- 'Not every man besides Socrates CONTRARY besides Socrates does not run' : runs' : (1) some (1) some man who man who is not is not Socrates Socrates does not runs, or (2) Socra- run or (2) Socrates tes is not a man or is not a man or (3) Socrates does Socrates runs. not run. IDOLES COM MOD. The originality of the formal laws by substitution in which the consequences shown in these squares are gained, consists in their being a combination of the theory of consequences (especially the so-called 'de Morgan' laws, cf. 31.35 f.) with the Aristotelian doctrine of opposition (logical square: 12.09 f.). They are all valid, and one can only marvel at the acumen of those logicians who knew how to deduce them without the aid of a formalized theory. How com- plicated are the processes of thought underlying the given schemata can be shown by one of the simplest examples, in which ANNO follows from D IVES. DIVES must be interpreted thus : (1) Some M is L, and: no not-M is L. From that there follows by the rule 31.222: (2) no not-M is L, and from that in turn, by the law of subalternation (24.29, cf. 32.44) : (3) some not-M is not L. Applying the rule 31.10 (cf. 31.223) one obtains : (4) every M is L or some not-M is not L which was to be proved. D. OBLIQUE SYLLOGISMS The Aristotelian moods with 'indirect' premisses (16.24ff.) were also systematically elaborated and developed by the Scholastics. Ockham (34.10) already knew more than a dozen formulae of this kind. But so far as we know, no essentially new range of problems 236 ANTINOMIES was opened up. We cite some substitutions in such moods from Ockham; their discovery has been quite groundlessly attributed to Jungius. 34.11 It also follows validly: 'every man is an animal, Socrates sees a man, therefore Socrates sees an animal'. 34.12 It follows validly: 'every man is an animal, an ass sees a man, therefore an ass sees an animal'. 34.13 It follows: 'no ass belongs to man, every ass is an animal, therefore some animal does not belong to man'. §35. ANTINOMIES A. DEVELOPMENT Concerning also the search for solutions of antinomies in the Middle Ages insufficient knowledge is available for us to be able to survey the whole development here, though J. Salamucha devoted a serious paper to it (35.01). The connected problems seem to have been well known in the middle of the 13th century, but without their impor- tance being realized. Albert the Great merely repeats the Aristotelian solution of the Liar (35.02), and again Giles of Rome (in the second half of the 13th century) only treats this antinomy briefly and quite in the Aristotelian way (35.03). Peter of Spain, whose Summulae treat of all the problems then considered important, considers the fallacy of what is 'simply and in a certain respect' (under which heading Aristotle deals with the Liar, cf. 23.18) (35.04), but says nothing about antinomies. However, two points are worth noting about Albert the Great; he is the first that we find using the expression 'insoluble' (insolubile) which later became a technical term in this matter, and then he has some formulations that are new, at least in detail. This can be seen in a passage from his Elenchics : 35.05 I call 'insoluble' those (propositions) which are so formed that whichever side of the contradictory is granted, the opposite follows. . . e.g. someone swears that he swears falsely; he swears either what is true, or not. If he swears that he swears falsely, and swears what is true, viz. that he swears falsely, nobody swears falsely in swearing what is true : there- fore he does not swear falsely, but it was granted that he does swear falsely. But if he does not swear falsely and swears that he swears falsely, he does not swear what is true ; there- 237 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC fore he swears falsely: because otherwise he would not swear what is true when he swears that he swears falsely. By the time of Pseudo-Scotus the subject has become a burning one; he cites at least one solution that diverges from his own (35.06) and treats the question in two chapters of which the first bears the title 'Whether a universal term can stand for the whole proposition of which it is a part' (35.07). The answer is a decisive negative : 35.08 It is to be said that a part as part cannot stand for the whole proposition. His solution, however, does not consist in an application of this principle, but is found in the distinction between the signified and the exercised act: 35.09 If it is said: 'I say what is false, therefore it is true that I say what is false', I answer that the consequence does not hold formally, as (also) it does not follow: 'man is an ani- mal, therefore it is true to say that man is an animal', although the consequent is contained in the antecedent in the exercised act. Granted further that it follows, though not formally, I say that this other does not follow: 'I say that I say what is false, therefore in what I say I am simply truthful', or only in a certain respect and not simply. . . . Similarly it follows in some cases: 'What I say is true, therefore I am simply truth- ful', as (e.g.) here : 'It is true that I say that man is an animal, therefore I am simply truthful', viz. in those cases in which there is truth both in the act signified and the act exercised. But in our case (in proposito) there is falsity in the act signified and truth in the act exercised. It follows then : 'It is true that I exercise the act of speaking about what is false; therefore that about which I exercise it is false'. A comparison of this text with 27.13 shows that we have here almost exactly the modern distinction between use and mention. But Pseudo-Scotus, employing the same terminology, teaches just the opposite to Burleigh. These two examples are enough to show the state of affairs in the 13th century. When we come to Ockham the antinomies are no longer dealt with in sophistics, but in a special chapter About Insolubles (35.10). After that such a treatise becomes an essential part of scholastic logic. We pass over the further stages of develop- ment, which are mostly not known, and show how far the matter had got by the time of Paul of Venice at the end of the Middle Ages. 238 ANTINOMIES B. FORMULATION 1. The Liar 35.11 I compose the much-disputed insoluble by positing (1) that Socrates utters this proposition: 'Socrates says what is false', and this proposition is A, and (2) (that he) utters no other (proposition besides A), (where the proposition A) (3) signifies so exactly and adequately that it must not be varied in the present reply. That posited, I submits and ask whether it is true or false. If it is said that it is true, contrariwise : it is consistent with the whole case that there is no other Socrates but this Socrates, and that posited, it follows that A is false. But if it is said that A is false, contrariwise: it is consistent with the whole case that there are two Socrateses of which the first says A, and the second that there is no God: if that is taken with the statement of the case, it follows that A is true. 35.12 I suppose therefore that Socrates, who is every Socrates, utters this and no other proposition: 'Socrates says what is false', which exactly and adequately signifies (what it says) ; let it be A. Which being supposed, it follows from what has been said that A is false; and Socrates says A, therefore Socrates says what is false. This consequence is valid, and the antecedent is true, therefore also the consequent; but the antecedent is A, therefore A is true. Secondly it is argued: What is false is said by Socrates, therefore Socrates says what is false. The consequence holds from the passive to its active. But the antecedent is true, therefore also the consequent, and the antecedent is A, therefore A is true. Since, however, the antecedent is true, it is evident that its adequate significate is true. But it is a con- tradiction that it should be true. Thirdly it is argued: the contradictory opposite of A is false, therefore A is true. The consequence holds and the antecedent is proved: for this: 'no Socrates says what is false' is false, and this is the contradictory opposite of A ; therefore the contradictory opposite of A is false. The conse- quence and the minor premiss hold, and I prove the major: Since, A is false; but a certain Socrates says A; therefore a certain Socrates says what is false. Or thus: No Socrates says what is false; therefore no Socrates says the false .4.. The consequence holds from the negative distributed super- ordinate to its subordinate. The consequent is false, therefore also the antecedent. 239 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC 2. Other antinomies Besides this 'famous' insoluble there is a long series of similar antinomies that derive from it, of which we give some examples from Paul of Venice, omitting the always recurring words 'Socrates who is all Socrates' and 'which signify exactly as the terms suggest (pretendunt)' : 35.13 Socrates . . . believes this: 'Socrates is deceived' . . . and no other (proposition). 35.14 Socrates believes this and no other: 'Plato is deceiv- ed' .. . but Plato . . . believes this: 'Socrates is not deceived'. 35.15 Socrates . . . says this and nothing else: 'Socrates lies'. 35.16 'Socrates is sick'; 'Plato answers falsely (male)'; 'Socrates will have no penny'; ('Socrates will not cross the bridge') ;* where it is supposed that every sick man, and only one such, says what is false, and that every well man, and only one such, says what is true (and correspondingly for the three other cases). . . . On these suppositions I assert that Socrates . . . utters only the following: 'Socrates is sick' etc. Those are the so-called 'singular insolubles'. There follow on them the 'quantified' ones: 35.17 I posit the case that this proposition 'it is false' is every proposition. 35.18 Let this be the case, that there are only two proposi- tions, A and B, A false, and B this: 'A is all that is true'. 35.19 I posit that A, B and C are all the propositions, where A and B are true, and C is this: 'every proposition is unlike this' indicating A and B. 35.20 I posit that A and B are all the propositions, where A is this : 'the chimera exists' . . . and B this : 'every proposi- tion is false'. 35.21 Let A, B and C be all the propositions . . . where A is this: 'God exists', Bthis: 'man is an ass', C** this: 'there are as many true as false propositions'. 35.22 The answer to be given would be similar on the supposition that there were only five propositions ... of which two were true, two false, and the fifth was: 'there are more false than true (propositions)'. * Inserted according to the words just following. * * The text has D. 240 ANTINOMIES Then some 'exponible' insolubles: 35.23 I posit that 'this is the only exclusive proposition' is the only exclusive (proposition). . . . 35.24 Let this be a fallacy about exceptives: 'no proposition besides A is false', supposing that this is A, and that it is every proposition. 35.25 I posit that A, B, and C are all the propositions . . . that A and B are true, and that C is this exclusive: 'every proposition besides the exclusive is true'. 35.26 The answer is similar ... on the supposition that every man besides Socrates says: 'God exists', and that Socrates says only this: 'every man besides me says what is true'. These are only a few examples from the rich store of late scholastic sophistic. C. SOLUTIONS 1. The first twelve solutions 35.27 The first opinion states that the insoluble is to be solved by reference to the fallacy of the form of speech (11.19). . . . And if it is argued: 'Socrates utters this falsehood, there- fore Socrates says what is false', one denies the consequence and says: 'This is the fallacy of the form of speech, because by reason of the (reference of the) speech the term 'false' supposes for 'Socrates etc' in the antecedent, but for some- thing else in the consequent. . . . 35.28 The second opinion solves the insolubles by the fallacy of false cause (11.24) . . . since the antecedent seems to be the cause of the consequent but is not. . . . 35.29 The third opinion says that when Socrates says 'Socrates says what is false', the word 'says', although in the present tense, ought to be understood for the time of the instant immediately preceding the time of utterance. There- fore it denies it (the proposition), saying that it is false. And then to the argument: 'this is false and Socrates says it, therefore Socrates says a false (proposition)', they say that the verb 'says' is verified for different times in the antecedent and consequent. . . . 35.30 The fourth opinion states that nobody can say that he says what is false or understand that he understands what is false, nor can there be any proposition on which an insoluble can be based. This opinion is repugnant to sense and thought. 241 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC For everybody knows that a man can open his mouth and form these utterances: 'I say what is false' or sit down and read similar ones. . . . 35.31 The fifth opinion states that when Socrates says that he himself says what is false, he says nothing. . . . This opinion is likewise false because in so saying, Socrates says letters, syllables, dictions and orations as I have elsewhere shown. Further Socrates is heard to speak, therefore he says something. Again they would have to say that if this, and no other, proposition was written : 'it is false', that nothing would be written, which is evidently impossible. The fifth opinion counts the insoluble as deprived of sense. 35.32 The sixth opinion states that the insoluble is neither true nor false but something intermediate, indifferent to each. They are wrong too, because every proposition is true or false, and every insoluble is a proposition, therefore every insoluble is true or false. . . . That is an effort to solve the antinomy in a three-valued logic. 35.33 The seventh opinion states that the insoluble is to be solved by reference to the fallacy of equivocation. For when it is said: 'Socrates says what is false' they distinguish about the 'saying' according to an equivocation: for it can signify saying that is exercised or that is thought (conceptum). And by 'saying that is exercised' is meant that which is in course of accomplishment; it expresses the judgment and is not com- pletely a dictum. But by 'saying that is thought' is meant (what happens) when a man has said something or spoken in some way and immediately after he says that he says that, or speaks in that way. E.g. supposes that Socrates says 'God exists' and immediately after: 'Socrates says what is true'. This opinion says that when Socrates begins to say 'Socrates says what is false', if 'saying' be taken for exercised saying, it is true; but if for saying in thought, it is false. And if it is argued: 'nothing false is said by Socrates; and this is said by Socrates; therefore it is not false' - they say that the major is verified for saying in thought, and the minor for exercised saying, and so (the argument) does not conclude. But this solution is no use, for let it be supposed that the speech is made with exercised saying, and the usual deduction will go through. . . . 242 ANTINOMIES This solution corresponds with that of Pseudo-Scotus above (35.09). 35.34 The eighth opinion states that no insoluble is true or false because nothing such is a proposition. For although every or any insoluble be an indicative statement signifying according as its signification is or is not, yet this is not sufficient for it to be called a 'proposition'. Against this opinion it is argued that it follows from it that there are some two enunciations of which the adequate significate is one and the same, yet one is a proposition, the other not, as is clear when one supposes these: 'this is false' and 'this is false', indicating in both cases the second of them. . . . This is again a quite 'modern' conception. Paul of Venice, and. it would seem, the majority of late Scholastics, did not like it. 35.35 The ninth opinion states that the insoluble is true or false, but not true and not false. . . . Here the alternative lA is true or false' seems to be admitted, but 'A is true' and 'A is false' to be both rejected. 35.36 The tenth opinion solves the insoluble by reference to the fallacy of in a certain respect and simply (11.24), saying that an insoluble is a difficult paradox (paralogismus) arising from (a confusion between what is) in a certain respect and simply, due to the reflection of some act upon itself with a privative or negative qualification. So in solving, it says that this consequence is not valid : 'this false thing is said by Socrates, therefore a false thing is said by Socrates', supposing that Socrates says the consequent and not something else which is not part of it - because the argument proceeds from a certain respect to what is simply so ; for the antecedent only signifies categorically, but the consequent hypothetically, since it signifies that it is true and that it is false. . . . 35.37 The eleventh opinion, favouring the opinion just expounded, states that every insoluble proposition signifies that it is true and that it is false, when understood as referring to its adequate significate. For, as is said, every categorical proposition signifies that that for which the subject and predicate suppose is or is not the same thing, and the being or not being the same thing is for the proposition, affirmative or negative, to be true; therefore every categorical proposition, whether affirmative or negative, signifies that itself is true, 243 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC and every insoluble proposition falsifies itself; therefore every insoluble proposition signifies that it is true or that it is false. . . . The last two opinions consider the insoluble to be equivalent to a copulative proposition. Why it should be so we shall see below (35.44) . 35.38 The twelfth opinion, commonly held by all today, is that an insoluble proposition is a proposition which is supposed to be mentioned, and which, when it signifies precisely accord- ing to the circumstances supposed, yields the result that it is true and that it is false. E.g. if a case be posited about an insoluble, and it is not posited how that insoluble should signify, it is to be answered as though outside time: e.g. if it be supposed that Socrates says: 'Socrates says what is false' without further determination, the proposition advanc- ed: 'Socrates says what is false' is to be doubted. But if it be supposed that the insoluble signifies as the terms suggest, the supposition is admitted and the insoluble is granted, and one says that it is false. And if it be said : 'this is false : "Socra- tes says what is false", therefore it signifies as it is not, but signifies that Socrates says what is false, therefore etc' - the consequence is denied. But in the minor it should be added that it signifies precisely so, and if that is posited, every such supposition is denied. . . . The 'time of obligation' here referred to is a technical term of scholastic discussion (tractatus de obligationibus: cf. § 26, D), on which very little research has so far been done. It means the time during which the disputant is bound to some (usually arbitrary) supposition. 2. The thirteenth solution 35.39 The thirteenth opinion states a number of conjuncts, some in the form of theses (conclusionum), others in the form of suppositions, others in the form of propositions or corol- laries ; but all these can be briefly stated in the form of theses and corollaries. 35.40 The first thesis is this : no created thing can distinctly represent itself formally, though it can do so objectively. This is clear, since no created thing can be the proper and distinct formal cognition of itself; for if something was to be so, anything would be so, since there would be no more reason in one case than in another. E.g. we say that the 244 ANTINOMIES king's image signifies the king not formally but objectively, while the mental concept which we have of the king signifies the king not objectively but formally, because it is the formal cognition of the king. But if it be said that it represents itself distinctly, this will be objectively, by another concept (noiilia) and not formally, by itself. 35.41 Second thesis: no mental proposition properly so- called can signify that itself is true or that itself is false. Proof: because otherwise it would follow that some proper and distinct cognition would be a formal cognition of itself, which is against the first thesis. From this thesis it follows that the understanding cannot form a universal mental proposition properly so-called which signifies that every mental proposition is false, such as this mental (proposition): 'every mental proposition is false', understanding the subject to suppose for itself; nor can it form any mental proposition properly so-called which signifies that any other is false which in turn signifies that the one indicated by the first is false; nor any mental proposition properly so-called which signifies that its contradictory is true, as this one: 'this is true' indicating its contradictory. . . . The last two texts contain a notably acute formulation of the veto on circulus vitiosus (48.21), and so of the most important modern idea about the solution of the antinomies. 35.42 The third thesis is this : a part of a mental proposition properly so-called cannot suppose for that same proposition of which it is a part, nor for the contradictory of that proposi- tion; nor can a part of a proposition that signifies in an arbitrary way suppose for the corresponding mental proposi- tion properly so-called. From which it follows that if this mental proposition is formed, and no other: 'every mental proposition is universal', it would be false. 35.43 Fourth thesis: there might be a vocal or written or mental proposition improperly so-called which had reflection on itself, because all such signify in an arbitrary way and not naturally, objectively but not formally. But a mental proposi- tion properly so-called is a sign that represents naturally and formally, and it is not in our power that such a sign should signify whatever we want, as it is in the case of a vocal, written or mental sign improperly so-called. From this thesis it follows that every insoluble proposition 245 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC is a vocal, written or mental proposition improperly so-called; and a part of any such can suppose for the whole of which it is a part. 35.44 The fifth thesis is this : to every insoluble proposition there corresponds a true mental proposition properly so- called, and another one properly so-called, false. This is evident in the following: 'this is false' indicating itself, which corresponds to one such mental proposition, 'this is false', which is true. And the second part is proved. For this vocal proposition is false, therefore it signifies that a mental one is false, but not the one expressed, therefore another one which is true, viz. 'this is false', indicating the first mental one which indicates a vocal or written one. 35.45 From this thesis there follow some corollaries. First, that any insoluble proposition, and its contradictory too, is a manifold proposition (propositio plures) because there correspond to it a number of distinct (inconiundae) mental propositions. Second, there are some propositions, vocally quite similar and with terms supposing for the same things, one of which is a manifold proposition, but not the other. This is clear in the following: 'this is false' and 'this is false' where each 'this' indicates the second proposition. Third corollary, every insoluble proposition is simultaneous- ly true and false, and its contradictory likewise, because two mental propositions of which one is true and the other false contradict one another, though neither is simply true or simply false, but in a certain respect. . . . 3. The fourteenth solution 35.46 The fourteenth opinion, which is the basis of many of the preceding ones and so of those disputants who try rather to evade (the difficulties) than to answer, states that the insolubles are to be solved by means of the fallacy of the accident, according to which paradoxes (paralogismi) arise in two ways, by variation of the middle term or of one of the extremes. By variation of the middle, as when the middle supposes for something different in the major to what it supposes for in the minor, and conversely. And similarly when an extreme is varied. This opinion therefore says that when Socrates says 'Socrates says what is false', he says what is false. And then in reply to the argument: 'Socrates says 246 ANTINOMIES this, and this is false, therefore Socrates says what is false' they deny the consequence, saying that here is a fallacy of the accident due to variation in an extreme; for the term 'false' supposes for something in the minor for which it does not suppose in the conclusion. Similarly if it is argued from the opposite saying of Socrates: 'nothing false is said by Socrates; this is false; therefore this is not said by Socrates', this is a fallacy of the accident due to variation of the middle ; for the term 'false' supposes for something in the major for which it does not suppose in the minor. To show that, they presuppose that in no proposition does a part suppose for the whole of which it is a part, nor is it convertible with the whole, nor antecedent to the whole. From which it is clear that the proposition 'Socrates says what is false, signifies that Socrates says what is false, not, however, the false thing that he says, but some false thing distinct from that; but because he only says that proposition, therefore it is false. . . . This opinion has been met with already in Pseudo-Scotus (35.06; and is adopted by others too. 4. Preliminaries to the solution of Paul of Venice After expounding fourteen opinions none of which are acceptable to him, Paul of Venice gives his own solution, and takes occasion to collect the current late-scholastic teachings relevant to the antino- mies. We reproduce the essentials. 35.47 To explain the fifteenth opinion, which I know to be that of good (logicians) of old times, three chapters (articuli) are adduced. The first contains an explanation of terms, the second introductory suppositions, the third our purpose in the form of theses. 35.48 As to the first, this is the first division : every insoluble arises either from our activity or from a property of the expression (vocis). Our acts are twofold, some interior, others exterior. Interior are such as imagining, thinking etc. ; exterior are bodily ones such as saying, speaking etc. Insolubles arising from our activity are: 'Socrates says what is false', 'Socrates understands what is false' etc. Properties of the expression are such as being subject, having appellation, being true or false, being able to be true, not being true of something other than itself, and so simply (de se) false, and not being false of itself or of something else. And so there arise from properties 247 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC of the expression insolubles like these: 'it is false', 'nothing is true', 'the proposition is not verified of itself. . . 35.49 The second division is this: some propositions have reflection on themselves, some do not. A proposition having reflection on itself is one whose signification reflects on itself, e.g. 'it is every complex thing', or 'this is false', indicating itself. A proposition without reflection on itself is one whose significate is not referred to itself, e.g. 'God exists' and 'man is an ass'. 35.50 The third division is this: of propositions having reflection on themselves some have this reflection immediately, others have it mediately. . . . 35.51 The fourth division: of propositions having reflec- tions on themselves, some have the property that their significations terminate solely at themselves, e.g. 'this is true', 'this is false', indicating themselves. But others have the property that their significations terminate both at themselves and at other things, e.g. 'every proposition is true', 'every proposition is false'. For they do not only signify that they alone are true or false, but that other propositions distinct from them are so too. . . . 35.52 It follows that no proposition has reflection on itself unless it contains a term that is appropriated to signify the proposition, such as are the terms 'true', 'false', 'universal', 'particular', 'affirmative', 'negative', 'to be granted', 'to be denied', 'to be doubted' and so on. But not every proposition containing such a term has to have reflection on itself, as is clear in these cases: 'it is false', when this is true, and again 'this is true' indicating 'God exists'; for such does not have reflection on itself, but its signification is directed solely to what is indicated etc. . . . There again is the 'modern' notion of the vicious circle (48.21). Here are a few more preliminaries : 35.53 The first introductory supposition is this: that that proposition is true whose adequate significate is true, and if its being true contains no contradiction. . . . 35.54 Second supposition: that proposition is said to be false which falsifies itself or whose falsity arises not from the terms but from its false adequate significate. From which it follows that there is a false proposition with a true adequate significate, as is clear in the following: 'that is false', indicating 248 ANTINOMIES itself. That it is false is evident, since it states that it is false, therefore it is false; and so its adequate significate is true, since it is true that it (the proposition) is false. It follows that every proposition which falsifies itself is false, and that not every proposition which verifies itself is true ; since this : 'every proposition is true' verifies itself but is not true, as is evident. 35.55 The third supposition is this: two propositions are equivalent (invicem convertuntur) if their adequate significates are identical. For let A and B be two such propositions having the same adequate significate, and I argue thus: A and B have all extremes the same, vocally and in writing, and in thought, and similar copulas, and there is no indication belonging to one which does not belong to the other; then they are equivalent. There follow some further preliminary suppositions taken from the generally received teaching about supposition and consequence. Finally this: 35.56 The last supposition is this: a part of a proposition can stand for the whole of which it is a part, as also for everything which belongs to it, without restriction, whether in thought or in writing or in speech. Thereby is rejected the thirteenth opinion (35.39 ff.), and with it the modern principle according to which an insoluble is not a proposition since it contains a part standing for the whole (48.12 f.). This principle seems to be presupposed in various ways by the fourth (35.30), fifth (35.31), eighth (35.34), tenth (35.36)," and eleventh (35.37) opinions. The rejection of the thirteenth opinion means that the current modern distinction of language and meta-language was not adopted by Paul of Venice for his own solution. But it is explicitly accepted in the fifth thesis of the thirteenth opinion (35.44), more or less so in some of the other opinions. 5. The solution of Paul of Venice Paul's own solution is very like that of the eleventh (35.37) and twelfth (35.38) opinions, and so we do not reproduce his long and difficult text. It consists essentially in a sharp distinction between the ordinary and 'exact and adequate' meaning of the insoluble proposition, where 'exact and adequate' connotes: (1) the semantic correlate, that to which it refers; (2) that the proposition itself is true. 249 SCHOLASTIC LOGIC This was said already in 35.57, though without the use of 'exact and adequate', and with a universality that Paul does not approve. We repeat the main ideas, as they underlie his own solution. Some simplification will be effected, and formalization used. The first thing is to set out the antinomy, for which four extralogical axioms are employed : (1)^4 signifies: A is false. (2) If A signifies p, then A is true if and only if p. (3) If A signifies p, then A is false if and only if not-p. (4) A is false if and only if A is not true. (1) is the 'insoluble' proposition itself, (2)-(4) are various formulations of the Aristotelian definitions of truth and falsity (10.35). Substituting lA is false' for 'p' in (2), we get by (1): (5) A is true if and only if A is false, which with (4) gives : (6) A is true if and only if A is not true, which in turn yields : (7) A is not true, and so by (4) : (8) A is false. But if we put lA is false' for 'p' in (3), we get: (9) A is false if and only if A is not false, which immediately yields: (10) A is not false, in contradiction to (8). Here then is a genuine antinomy. But the antinomy does not emerge if we operate with the 'exact and adequate' meaning instead of the simple one. (1) and (4) remain, but the other two axioms take on these forms : (2') If A signifies p, then A is true if and only if [(1) A is true, and (2) p]. (3') If A signifies p, then A is false if and only if not [(1) A is true, and (2) p], since as has been said, a proposition has 'exact and adequate' signification when it signifies that it is itself true, and that what it states is as it is stated to be. The first part of the deduction now goes through analogously to that given above, and we again reach: (8') A is false. But putting 'A is false' for 'p' in (3') gives: (9') A is false if and only if not [(1) A is true, and (2) A is false], to which we can apply the de Morgan laws (cf. 31.35) to get: (10') A is false if and only if either (1) A is not true, or (2) A is not false, i.e. in view of (4): (IT) A is false if and only if either (1) A is false or (2) A is not false. As that alternation is logically true, being a substitution in the law of excluded middle (cf. 31.35), the first part of the equivalence must also be true, giving us: (12') A is false 250 SUMMARY which so far from being in contradiction to (8') is equiform with it. The antinomy is solved. So far as we know, the medieval logicians only treated of semantical, not of logical antinomies. But the solutions contain all that is required for those as well. SUMMARY In summary, we can make the following statements about medie- val formal logic, in spite of our fragmentary knowledge: 1. Scholasticism created a quite new variety of formal logic. The essential difference between this and the one we found among the ancients, consists in its being an endeavour to abstract the laws and rules of a living (Latin) language, regard had to the whole realm of semantical and syntactical functions of signs. 2. This endeavour led to the codification of a far-reaching and thorough semantics and syntax; semiotic problems hold the fore- front of interest, and nearly all problems are treated in relation to them. 3. Hence this logic is nearly entirely conducted in a meta-language (§ 26, B) with a clear distinction between rules and laws. Most of the theorems are thought of as rules and formulated descriptively. 4. The problem of logical form (§ 26, C) is posed and solved with great acumen. 5. Problems of propositional logic and technique are investigated as thoroughly and in as abstract a way as anywhere among the Megarian-Stoics. 6. Asserloric term-logic consists here essentially in a re-interpreta- tion and acute development of syllogistic. But there are also other kinds of problem in evidence, such as that of plural quantification, of the null class, perhaps of relation-logic, etc. 7. Modal logic, both of propositions and terms, became one of the most important fields of investigation. Not only was the traditional system analysed with amazing thoroughness, but quite new prob- lems were posed and solved, especially in the propositional domain. 8. Finally the problem of semantical antinomies wras faced in really enormous treatises. Numerous antinomies of this kind were posited, and we have seen more than a dozen different solutions attempted. Between them they contain nearly every essential feature of what we know today on this subject. So even in the present incomplete state of knowledge, we can state with safety that in scholastic formal logic we are confronted with a very original and very fine variety of logic. 251 PART IV Transitional Period §36. THE 'CLASSICAL' LOGIC It is usual to put the close of the medieval period of history at the end of the 15th century. Of course that does not mean that typically scholastic ways of thought did not persist longer; indeed very im- portant scholastic schools arose in the 16th and 17th centuries and accomplished deep and original investigations — it is enough to mention Cajetan and Vittoria. But there was no more research into formal logic; at most we find summaries of earlier results. Instead there slowly grew up something quite new, the so-called 'classical' logic. Within this extensive movement which held the field in hundreds of books of logic for nearly four hundred years, one can distinguish three different tendencies: (1) humanism (inclusive of those later 17th century thinkers who were humanist in their approach to logic); it is purely negative, a mere rejection of Scho- lasticism; (2) 'classical' logic in the narrower sense; (3) more recent endeavours to broaden the bounds of (2). Typical examples of the three are L. Valla and Peter Ramus, the Logique du Port Royal, and W. Hamilton. In what follows we shall first quote some passages to illustrate the general attitude of authors of books entitled 'Logic' in this period, then some that contain contributions to logical questions, whether scholastic or mathematico-logical, though these contribu- tions are of small historical importance. A. HUMANISM Interest centres much more on rhetorical, psychological and epistemological problems than on logical ones. The humanists, and many 'classical' logicians after them, expressly reject all formalism. That they did not at the same time reject logic entirely is due to their superstitious reverence for all ancient thinkers, Aristotle in- cluded. But everything medieval was looked on as sheer barbarism, especially if connected with formal logic. Here is an instance. Valla writes : 36.01 I am often in doubt about many authors of the dia- lectical art, whether to accuse them of ignorance, vanity or malice, or all at once. For when I consider the numerous errors by which they have deceived themselves no less than others, I ascribe them to negligence or human weakness. But when on the other hand I see that everything they have transmitted to us in endless books has been given in quite a few rules, what other reason can I suppose than sheer pride? In amusing themselves by letting the branches of the vine 254 H U M A N I S M spread far and wide, they have changed the true vine into a wild one. And when - this is the worst - I see the sophisms, quibbles and misrepresentations which they use and teach, I can only kindle against them as against people who teach the art of piracy rather than navigation, or to express myself more mildly, knowledge of wrestling instead of war. And again, about the third figure of the syllogism: 36.02 0 trifling Polyphemus! 0 peripatetic family, that loves trifles! 0 vile people, whoever have you heard arguing like this? Indeed, who among you has ever presumed to argue so? Who permitted, endured, understood one who argued thus? It is on these 'grounds' that the third figure is to be invalid! In another manner, but the content goes deeper, Descartes ex- presses himself: 36.03 We leave out of account all the prescription of the dialecticians by which they think to rule human reason, prescribing certain forms of discourse which conclude so necessarily that in relying on them the reason, although to some extent on holiday from the informative and attentive consideration (of the object), can yet draw some certain conclusion by means of the form. Evidently such an attitude will not bring one to any logic. Peter Ramus holds a special position among the humanists. Though, at least in his first period, he was perhaps the most radical anti- Aristotelian, yet he succeeded in formulating on occasion some interesting thoughts, and published extensive treatises on formal logic. However, the following gives some idea of the general level of his logic: 36.04 Moreover, two further connected (i.e. conditional) moods were added by Theophrastus and Eudemus, in which the antecedent is negative and the consequent affirmative. The third connected mood, then, takes the contradictory of the antecedent and concludes to the contradictory (of the consequent), e.g. If the Trojans have come to Italy without due permission, they will be punished; but they came with permission, therefore they will not be punished. . . . 255 TRANSITIONAL PERIOD 36.05 The fourth connected mood takes the consequent and concludes to the antecedent: . . . If nothing bad had happened, they would be here already; but they are here, therefore nothing bad has happened. 36.06 This mood is the rarest of all, but natural and useful, strict and correct, and it never produces a false conclusion from true premisses. ... * Of course Theophrastus taught no such moods; both theorems are formally invalid and hold only by reason of the matter in parti- cular cases. It is instructive to compare these thoughts with the treatment of similar problems in the Stoics (22.04 f.) and Scholastics (§31). B. CONTENT In so bad a milieu logic could not last long, yet there were some thinkers among the humanists, Melanchthon for instance, who without being creative logicians, had a good knowledge of Aristotle. It was through them that in the 17th century the form of logic developed which we call the 'classical' in the narrower sense, partly among the so-called Protestant Scholastics, partly in Cartesian circles. Perhaps the most important representative work is the Logique ou Varl de penser of P. Nicole and A. Arnault. We describe the contents of this work, since they give the best survey of the problems considered in 'classical' logic. The book has four parts, about ideas, judgments, arguments, and method. In the first part the Aristotelian categories (ch. 3) and predicables (ch. 7) are briefly considered, along with some points of semantics (Des idees des choses el des idees des signes, ch. 2), com- prehension and extension (ch. 6). The other eleven chapters are devoted to epistemological reflections. The second part roughly corresponds to the content of Aristotle's Hermeneia, and includes also considerations on definition and division (ch. 15-16). In the third part the authors expound categorical syllogistic, apparently following Peter of Spain and so as a set of rules, but with use of singular premisses in the manner of Ockham (34.01 f.). Four figures are recognized, with nineteen moods (the subaltern moods are missing). There follows a chapter on hypothetical syllogisms, and (ch. 12) a theory of syllogismes conjonctifs (the Stoic compounds) using formulas of term-logic, e.g. * Admittedly these moods, as Professor A. Church has stated, do not appear in all editions. Perhaps Ramus saw his own mistake. 256 PSYCHOLOGISM 36.07 If there is a God, one must love him: But there is a God ; Therefore one must love him. Then there are some considerations about dialectical loci. When we compare this with scholastic logic, the main things missing are the doctrines of supposition, consequences, antinomies, and modal logic. The main topics covered are those of the Categories, Hermeneia, and the first seven chapters of the first hook of the Prior Analytics, but the treatment is often scholastic rather than Aristotelian, for which we instance the use of the mnemonics Barbara, Celarenl etc. and the metalogical method of exposition. The Logica Hamburgensis of J. Jungius (1635) is much better, and richer in content; but it did not succeed in becoming established. The Logique ou Vart de penser, also called the Port Royal Logic, became the standard text-book, a kind of Summulae of 'classical' logic. All other text-books mainly repeated its contents. C. PSYCHOLOGISM 'Classical' logic is characterized not only by its poverty of con- tent but also by its radical psychologism. Jungius provides a good example: 36.08 1. Logic is the art of distinguishing truth from falsity in the operations of our mind (mentis). 2. There are three operations of the mind : notion or concept, enunciation, and dianoea or discourse. 3. Notion is the first operation of our mind, in which we express something by an image; in other words a notion is a simulacrum by which we represent things in the mind. . . . 5. Enunciation is the second operation of the mind, so compounded of notions as to bring about truth or falsity. E.g. these are true enunciations: the sun shines, man is a biped, the oak is a tree. . . . 9. It is to be noted that a notion and the formation of a notion, an enunciation and the effecting of an enunciation, an argumentation and the construction of an argumentation are one and the same. This is admittedly an extreme case. But when one thinks that the text is from Jungius, one of the best logicians of the 17th century, one cannot but marvel at the extent to which the under- standing of logic has disappeared. Even Boole will maintain much this idea of logic. 257 TRANSITIONAL PERIOD Poor in content, devoid of all deep problems, permeated with a whole lot of non-logical philosophical ideas, psychologist in the worst sense, - that is now we have to sum up the 'classical' logic: It may, however, be remarked that A. Menne (Logik und Existenz, 131, note 34) has propounded a distinction between an at least relatively pure 'classical' logic, and a 'traditional' philosophical and psychological logic, though these terms are commonly used syno- nymously. Of the former, J. N. Keynes (1906) may be taken as in every sense the best representative, but W. E. Johnson (1921) shows how relative is the distinction. D. LEIBNIZ Formed by this logic and its prejudices, modern philosophers such as Spinoza, the British empiricists, Wolff, Kant, Hegel etc. could have no interest for the historian of formal logic. When compared with the logicians of the 4th century B.C., the 13th and 20th cen- turies a.d. they were simply ignorant of what pertains to logic and for the most part only knew what they found in the Port Royal Logic. But there is one exception, Leibniz (1646-1716). So far from being an ignoramus, he was one of the greatest logicians of all time, which is the more remarkable in that his historical knowledge was rather limited. His place in the history of logic is unique. On the one hand his achievement constitutes a peak in the treatment of a part of the Aristotelian syllogistic, where he introduced many new, or newly developed features, such as the completion of the combinatorial method, the exact working out of various methods of reduction, the method of substitution, the so-called 'Eulerian' diagrams, etc. On the other hand he is the founder of mathematical logic. The reason why Leibniz is, nevertheless, named in this section, and only named, is that his great achievements in the realm of mathematical logic are little relevant to the history of problems, since they remained for long unpublished and were first discovered at the end of the 19th century when the problems he had dealt with had already been raised independently. Only in one respect does he seem to have exercised a decisive influence, in forming the idea of mathematical logic. The pertinent passages will be quoted incidentally in the next section. Here we limit ourselves to quoting some of his contributions to syllogistic theory, and showing some of his diagrams. E. COMPREHENSION AND EXTENSION The idea underlying the distinction between comprehension and extension is a very old one: it is presupposed, for instance, in the Isagoge of Porphyry (24.02 ff.); the scholastic doctrine of supposition 258 SYLLOGISTIC has a counterpart of it in the theory of simple (27.17 IT. ) and personal (27.24 fT.) supposition with an elaborate terminology. But the expressions comprehension and elendue are first found in the Port Royal Logic. Leibniz evidently has the idea, but without an establish- ed terminology. We first cite an extract from his article De formae logicae com- probatione per linearum ductus: 36.09 Up to now we have assessed the quantities of terms in respect of (ex) the individuals. And when it was said: 'every man is an animal', it was meant (consider alum est) that all human individuals form a part of the individuals that fall under 'animal' (esse partem individuorum animalis). But in respect of (secundum) ideas, the assessment proceeds just conversely. For while men are a part of the animals, conversely the notion of animal is a part of the notion apply- ing to man, since man is a rational animal. So Leibniz had a fairly accurate idea of comprehension and extension, as well as of their inter-relationship. Now we come to the Port Royal Logic: 36.10 Now in these universal ideas (idees) there are two things (choses) which it is important to keep quite distinct: comprehension and extension. I call the comprehension of an idea the attributes which it contains and which cannot be taken away from it without destroying it; thus the comprehension of the idea of triangle includes extension, figure, three lines, three angles, the equality of these three angles to two right-angles, etc. I call the extension of an idea the subjects to which it applies, which are also called the inferiors of a universal term, that being called superior to them. Thus the idea of triangle in general extends to all different kinds of triangle. F. THE FOURTH FIGURE AND SUBALTERN MOODS Already in his youthful work De arte combinatoria Leibniz resumed the thought of Albalag (32.25 ff.), without being acquainted with it, and proved that there is a fourth figure of assertoric syllogism (36.11). Later, he gave a complete and correct table of the twenty- four syllogistic moods, in which he deduced the moods of the second and third figures from those of the first, using the first reduction procedure of Aristotle (§ 14, D). We give a table which reproduces the deduction of the second and third figure moods, this time in the original language. ' Regressus' means contraposition. 259 TRANSITIONAL PERIOD 36.12 Barbara primae A CD ABC ABD Barbara primae ACD ABC ABD Regressus ACD OBD Regr. ABC OBD Ergo OBC Ergo OCD Hinc Baroco Hinc Bocardo secundae ACD OBD OBC tertiae OBD ABC OCD Celarent primae ECD ABC EBD Celarent primae ECD ABC EBD Regr. ECD IBD Regr. ABC IBD Ergo OBC Ergo ICD Hinc Festino Hinc Disamis secundae ECD IBD OBC tertiae IBD ABC ICD Darii primae ACD IBC IBD Darii primae ACD IBC IBD Regr. ACD EBD Regr. IBC EBD Ergo EBC Ergo OCD Hinc Camestres Hinc Ferison secundae ACD EBD EBC tertiae EBD IBC OCD Ferio primae ECD IBC OBD Ferio primae ECD IBC OBD Regr. ECD ABD Regr. IBC ABD Ergo EBC Ergo ICD Hinc Cesare Hinc Datisi secundae ECD ABD EBC tertiae ABD IBC ICD Barbari primae ACD ABC IBD Barbari primae ACD ABC IBD Regr. ACD EBD Regr. ABC EBD Ergo OBC Ergo OCD Hinc Camestres Hinc Felapton secundae ACD EBD OBC tertiae EBD ABC OCD Celaro primae ECD ABC OBD Celaro primae ECD ABC OBD Regr. ECD ABD Regr. ABC ABD Ergo OBC Ergo ICD Hinc Cesaro Hinc Darapti secundae ECD ABD OBC tertiae ABD ABC ICD (cf. 13.21, 13.22. G. SYLLOGISTIC DIAGRAMS The idea of representing class relations and syllogistic moods by geometrical figures was familiar to the ancient commentator (24.34) ; how far it was current among the Scholastics is not yet known. The use of circles is usually ascribed to L. Euler (1701-83) (cf. his Lettres a une princesse d'Allemagne, 1768), while that of straight lines is associated with the name of Lambert. But the former are to be found earlier in J. C. Sturm (1661) (36.13), and the latter in Alstedius (1614) (36.14). Schroder (36.15) notes that L. Vives was using angles and triangles in 1555.* Leibniz's use For the foregoing and some further details vid. A. Menne (36.16) 260 p ■ n &2^ I '■'7»l <>>***. Me-- ♦;■ 9~*$ifi* -{ d3 -4 I j &»^ r -U-LJ • L 1>- V- •> ... ,*C LI' 0 a £j 1 ~3i- ,(M ?>/*# L € U3S2> o Syllogistic diagrams bv Leilmiz 3G. 36.18 VENN-DIAGHAMS Y Z •261 QUANTIFICATION of circles and other diagrammatic methods remained unpublished till 1903. We reproduce a page of his MS (36.17) which contains both circular and rectilinear diagrams. Such methods of presentation were much considered and further developed from the time of Euler onwards. J. Venn (1860) intro- duced ellipses for his investigations of the relations between more than three classes, and marked with a star every region representing a non-void class. Three of his diagrams are reproduced in (36.18) and a systematic development is considered by W. E. Hocking (36.19). A different kind of diagram, mnemonic rather than expository of probative, due to Johnson, may be added here. 36.20 The attached diagram, taking the place of the mnemo- nic verses, indicates which moods are valid, and which are common to different figures. The squares are so arranged that the rules for the first, second and third figures also show the compartments into which each mood is to be placed, according as its major, minor or conclusion is universal or particular, affirmative or negative. The valid moods of the fourth figure occupy the central horizontal line. In the figure, the superscripts V and V indicate the propositions that may be weakened or strengthened by subalternation. H. QUANTIFICATION OF THE PREDICATE While all points so far referred to fall within the general scheme of Aristotelian logic, Bentham's doctrine of the quantification of the predicate, usually ascribed to Hamilton, is directly opposed to Aristotle's teaching (12.03). At the same time, as can be seen from the texts, it is a development of the scholastic doctrine of exponibles. It has this historical importance, that it shows the kind of problem being considered by logicians at the time of Boole, and in some degree throws light on the origin of Boole's calculus. 262 TRANSITIONAL PERIOD We give two texts from G. Bentham (1827) first, then one from Hamilton (1860): 36.21 In the case where both terms of a proposition are collective entities, identity and diversity may have place: 1. Between any individual referred to by one term, and any individual referred to by the other. Ex. : The identity between equiangular and equilateral triangles. 2. Between any individual referred to by one term, and any one of a part only of the individuals referred to by the other. Ex. : The identity between men and animals. 3. Between any one of a pari only of the individuals referred to by one, and any one of a pari only of the individuals referred to by the other term. Ex. : The identity between quadrupeds and swimming animals. 36.22 Simple propositions, considered in regard to the above relations, may therefore be either affirmative or negative; and each term may be either universal or partial. These propositions are therefore reducible to the eight following forms, in which, in order to abstract every idea not connected with the substance of each species, I have expressed the two terms by the letters X and Y, their identity by the mathe- matical sign =, diversity by the sign || , universality by the words in toto, and partiality by the words ex parte; or, for the sake of still further brevity, by prefixing the letters I and p, as signs of universality and partiality. These forms are, 1. X in toto = Y ex parte or IX = pY 2. X in toto Y ex parte or IX II PY 3. X in toto = Y in toto or IX = IY 4. X in toto Y in toto or IX 1 IF 5. X ex parte = Y ex parte or pX = PY 6. X ex parte Y ex parte or pX 1 PY 7. X ex parte = Y in toto or pX = tY 8. X ex parte \\ Y in toto or pX II tY Hamilton writes: 36.23 The second cardinal error of the logicians is the not considering that the predicate has always a quantity in thought, as much as the subject; although this quantity be frequently not explicitly enounced, as unnecessary in the common employment of language ; for the determining notion or predicate being always thought as at least adequate to, or 263 QUANTIFICATION coextensive with, the subject or determined notion, it is seldom necessary to express this, and language tends ever to elide what may safely be omitted. But this necessity recurs, the moment that, by conversion, the predicate becomes the subject of the proposition; and to omit its formal state- ment is to degrade Logic from the science of the necessities of thought, to an idle subsidiary of the ambiguities of speech. An unbiased consideration of the subject will, I am confident, convince you that this view is correct. 1°, That the predicate is as extensive as the subject is easily shown. Take the proposition, - 'All animal is man', or, 'All animals are men'. This we are conscious is absurd. . . . We feel it to be equally absurd as if we said, - 'All man is all animal', or ,'A11 men are all animals'. Here we are aware that the subject and predicate cannot be made coextensive. If we would get rid of the absurdity, we must bring the two notions into coextension, by restricting the wider. If we say - 'Man is animal', [Homo est animal], we think, though we do not overtly enounce it, 'All man is animal'. And what do we mean here by animal? We do not think, all, but some, animal. And then we can make this indifferently either subject or predi- cate. We can think, - we can say, 'Some animal is man', that is, some or all man; and, e converso, 'Man (some or all) is animal', viz. some animal. . . . 2°, But, in fact, ordinary language quantifies the predicate so often as this determination becomes of the smallest import. This it does either directly, by adding all, some, or their equivalent predesignations to the predicate ; or it accomplishes the same end indirectly, in an exceptive or limitative form. Hamilton then proceeds to repeat, in dependence on the works of various 17th and 18th century logicians, the scholastic doctrine of the exponibilia (§ 34, C). 264 PART V The mathematical variety of Logic MATHEMATICAL LOGIC I. General Foundations §37. INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICAL LOGIC A. CHARACTERISTICS The development of the mathematical variety of logic is not yet complete, and discussions still go on about its characteristic scope and even about its name. It was simultaneously called 'mathemati- cal logic', 'symbolic logic' and 'logistic' by L. Couturat, Itelson and Lalande in 1901, and is sometimes simply called 'theoretical logic'. Even apart from the philosophical discussions as to whether or how far it is distinct from mathematics, there is no unanimity about the specific characteristics which distinguish it from other forms of logic. However, there exists a class of writings which are generally recognized as pertaining to 'mathematical logic' ('logistic', 'symbolic logic' etc.). Analysis of their contents shows that they are predomi- nantly distinguished from all other varieties of logic by two inter- dependent characteristics. (1) First, a calculus, i.e. a formalistic method, is always in evi- dence, consisting essentially in the fact that the rules of operation refer to the shape and not the sense of the symbols, just as in mathe- matics. Of course formalism had already been employed at times in other varieties of logic, in Scholasticism especially, but it is now erected into a general principle of logical method. (2) Connected with that is a deeper and more revolutionary innovation. All the other varieties of logic known to us make use of an abslractiue method ; the logical theorems are gained by abstrac- tion from ordinary language. Mathematical logicians proceed in just the opposite way, first constructing purely formal systems, and later looking for an interpretation in every-day speech. This process is not indeed always quite purely applied; and it would not be impossible to find something corresponding to it elsewhere. But at least since Boole, the principle of such construction is consciously and openly laid down, and holds sway throughout the realm of mathematical logic. Those are the essential features of mathematical logic. Two more should be added: (3) The laws are formulated in an artificial language, and consist of symbols which resemble those of mathematics (in the narrower sense). The new feature here is that even the constants are expressed in artificial symbols; variables, as we have seen, have been in use since the time of Aristotle. (4) Finally, until about 1930 mathematical logic formulated its 266 CHRONOLOGY theorems in an object language, in this unlike the Scholastics, but in conformity with the ancients. That this is no essential feature is shown by more recent developments and the spread of metalogical formulation. But till 1930 the use of the object language is charac- teristic. It may be further remarked that it can be said of mathematical logic, what was finally said about scholastic, that it is very rich and very formalistic. In wealth of formulae indeed, it seems to exceed all other forms of logic. It is also purely formal, being sharply distinguished from the decadent 'classical' logic by its avoidance of psychological, epistemological and metaphysical questions. B. CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENCE G. W. Leibniz generally ranks as the original mathematical logician, but if he cannot count as the founder of mathematical logic it is because his logical works were for the most part published long after his death (the essentials by L. Couturat in 1901). However, he had some successors, the most important of whom were the brothers Bernoulli (1685), G. Plouquet (1763, 1766), J. H. Lambert (1765, 1782), G. J. von Holland (1764), G. F. Castillon (1803) and J. D. Gergonne (1816/17).* But no school arose. One who did found a school, and who stands at the beginning of the continuous development of mathematical logic, is George Boole, whose first pioneer work, The Mathematical Analysis of Logic, appeared in 1847. In the same year Augustus de Morgan published his Formal Logic. Boole's ideas were taken further in different directions by R. L. Ellis (1863), W. S. Jevons (1864), R. Grassmann (1872), J. Venn (1880, 1881), Hugh McColl (1877/78), finally and chiefly by E. Schroder (1877, 1891-95). Contemporaneous with the last-named are the works of a new group of mathematical logicians whose chief representatives are C. S. Peirce (1867, 1870), Gottlob Frege (1879), and G. Peano (1888). Of these three important thinkers only Peano founded a considerable school; Peirce and Frege went practically unnoticed. It was Bertrand Russell (1903) who discovered the thought of Frege and together with A. N. Whitehead combined it with his own discoveries in Principia Mathematica (1910-13), in which the symbolism of Peano was used. D. Hilbert (1904) and L. E. J. Brouwer (1907, 1908) were active before the appearance of the Principia. J. Lukasiewicz published his first work in this field in 1910, St. Lesniewski in 1911. They were followed by A. Tarski (1921), R. Carnap (1927), A. Heyting (1929) and K. Godel (1930). * Figures in parentheses give the year of publication of the main work, then of the first subsequent important one. 267 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC These are only a few of the great number of mathematical logi- cians, which by now is beyond count. C. FREGE Among all these logicians, Gottlob Frege holds a unique place. His Begriffsschrift can only be compared with one other work in the whole history of logic, the Prior Analytics of Aristotle. The two cannot quite be put on a level, for Aristotle was the very founder of logic, while Frege could as a result only develop it. But there is a great likeness between these two gifted works. The Begriffsschrift, like the Prior Analytics, contains a long series of quite new insights, e.g. Frege formulates for the first time the sharp distinction between variables and constants, the concepts of logical function, of a many- place function, of the quantifier; he has a notably more accurate understanding of the Aristotelian theory of an axiomatic system, distinguishes clearly between laws and rules, and introduces an equally sharp distinction between language and meta-language, though without using these terms; he is the author of the theory of description; without having discovered, indeed, the notion of a value, he is the first to have elaborated it systematically. And that is far from being all. At the same time, and just like Aristotle, he presents nearly all these new ideas and intuitions in an exemplarily clear and systematic way. Already in the Begriffsschrift we have a long series of mathe- matico-logical theorems derived from a few axioms 'without interruption' (luckenlos), as Frege says, for the first time in history. Various other mathematical logicians at the same time, or even earlier, expounded similar ideas and theories, but none of them had the gift of presenting all at once so many, often quite original, innovations in so perfect a form. It is a remarkable fact that this logician of them all had to wait twenty years before he was at all noticed, and another twenty before his full strictness of procedure was resumed by Lukasiewicz. In this last respect, everything published between 1879 and 1921 fell below the standard of Frege, and it is seldom attained even today. The fate of Frege's work was in part determined by his symbolism. It is not true that it is particularly difficult to read, as the reader can assure himself from the examples given below; but it is certainly too original, and contrary to the age-old habits of mankind, to be acceptable. All that we have said does not mean that Frege is the only great logician of the period now under consideration. We also have to recognize as important the basic intuitions of Boole, and many discoveries of Peirce and Peano, to name only these three. The very fact that Frege was a contemporary of Peirce and Peano forbids 268 PERIODS one to treat him as another Aristotle. But of all mathematical logicians he is undoubtedly the most important. D. PERIODS The history of mathematical logic can be divided into four periods. 1. Prehistory: from Leibniz to 1847. In this period the notion of mathematical logic arose, and many points of detail were formulated, especially by Leibniz. But there was no school at this time, and the continuous development had not yet begun. There were, rather, isolated efforts which went unnoticed. 2. The Boolean period, from Boole's Analysis to Schroder's Vor- lesungen (vol. I, 1895). During this period there is a continuous development of the first form of mathematical logic. This form is prin- cipally distinguished from later ones in that its practitioners did not make the methods of mathematics their object of study, but con- tented themselves with simply applying them to logic. 3. The period of Frege, from his Begriffsschrift (1879) to the Principia Mathematica of Whitehead and Russell (1910-13). Frege, and contemporaneously Peirbe and Peano, set a new goal, to find foundations for mathematics. A series of important logical ideas and methods were developed. The period reaches its peak with the Principia which both closes the preceding line of development and is the starting point of a new one, its fruitfulness being due in the first place to a thorough consideration and solution of the problem of the antinomies which had been a burning question since the end of the 19th century and had not previously found a solution in the new period. 4. The most recent period : since the Principia, and still in progress. This period can be sub-divided: the years from 1910 to 1930 are distinguished by the rise of metalogic, finitist in Hilbert, not so in Lowenheim and Skolem; after about 1930 metalogic is systema- tized in a formalistic way, and we have Tarski's methodology, Carnap's syntax, and the semantics of Godel and Tarski in which logic and metalogic are combined. The 'natural' logics of Gentzen and Jaskowski (1934) also belong here. So we can say that the advance of metalogic is distinctive of the time since 1910, though new logical systems (in the object language) continue to appear: that of Lewis (1918), the many-valued systems of Post and Lukasiewicz (1920-21), the intuitionistic logic of Heyting (1930). Finally the very original systems of combinatorial logic by Schonfinkel (1924), Curry (1930), Kleene (1934), Rosser (1935) and Church (1936-41). This fourth period will be touched on only very lightly, in some of its problems. The following table gives an easy view of the temporal sequence 269 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC of the logicians we have named. But it is to be noticed (1) that temporal succession does not always reflect actual influence; this will be discussed more in detail in the various chapters. (2) the subject developed so fast after 1870 that dates of births and deaths are little to the purpose ; we have preferred to give those of publication of the chief logical works. G. W. v. Leibniz A. De Morgan 1847 C. S. Peirce 1867-1870 G. Frege 1879 G. Peano 1888 G. Boole 1847 R. C. Ellis 1863 W. S. Jevons 1864 R. Grassmann 1872 H. McColl 1877/78 E. Schroder 1877 D. Hilbert 1904 L. Brouwer 1907/8 B. Russell 1903 Principia 1910-1913 J. Lukasiewicz 1910 St. Lesniewski 1911 A. Tarski 1921 R. Carnap 1927 A. Heyting 1929 K. Godel 1930 E. STATE OF RESEARCH Mathematical logic is the best known form of logic, since many of its basic works, especially the Principia, so far from being past history are still in current use. Then again there have already been a number of historical studies of the period. Among these are the work of B. Jourdain (37.01), the historical sections of the works of C. I. Lewis (37.02) and J. Jorgensen (37.03). The treatise of H. Hermes and H. Scholz (37.04) is remarkably rich in historical information. Since 1936 we have had as unique tools of research, a biblio- graphy of mathematical logic from Leibniz to 1935, and the Journal of Symbolic Logic containing a current bibliography and excellent indexes. Both are as good as bibliograj hy can be, under the editor- ship of A. Church who sees to them with exemplary punctuality and regularity. Among other contributions to the history of this period the numerous papers of R. Feys should be mentioned. 270 METHOD But still we do not know all about the period. L. Couturat's thorough and serious monograph on Leibniz needs completing on many points in the light of more recent systematic and historical research; there are also various other treatises on Leibniz's logic. Boole, too, has been fairly thoroughly investigated in recent years. But as yet there is no detailed treatment of Leibniz's successors, no monograph on Peirce, above all no thorough work on Frege's logic, without mentioning other less important logicians. F. METHOD For the reason stated in the introduction, we have tried to present the essential range of problems discussed in mathematical logic by means of texts containing little or no artificial symbols. This has proved feasible by and large, but not without exception ; in particular, at least the basic methods have to be explained in terms of the contemporary symbolism, e.g. of Frege or the Principia. Then again, we have given the most important theorems in the various fields in symbolic formulation, in order to facilitate comparison with similar theorems developed in other periods. The question of what time-limit to put is very difficult, and the various periods within the main one dovetail into each other in such a way as to make the drawing of sharp boundaries impossible. We have finally decided to close the exposition with the Principia, touching lightly on a few later developments which are either closely connected with matters discussed before 1910, or of special interest on their own account. That section (§ 49) is accordingly in the nature of an appendix. The reader will only be able to appreciate the textual fragments that follow if, first, he is well acquainted with the fundamental concepts of contemporary mathematical logic (cf. § 5, B); second, he is able to abstract from the philosophy (ontology, epistemology, psychology etc.) of the various logicians. For never before have formal logicians been so divided by mutually opposed philosophies as here. We need only instance Frege's outspoken Platonism, and Boole's nominalism and even psychologism. But they have all developed essentially the same formal logic. That is not to say that the individual philosophic views have been entirely without influence on the form of this or that system. But such influence has been much slighter than an unbiased observer might at first suppose. That the systems present such different appearances is due mainly to differences of immediate purpose (one may compare Boole with Frege, or Peano with Lukasiewicz), and to differences in the degree of exactness which are more marked here than in any other period. 271 §38. METHODS OF MATHEMATICAL LOGIC Two essentially distinct methodological ideas seem to underlie mathematical logic. On the one hand it is a logic that uses a calculus. This was developed in connection with mathematics, which at first was considered as the ideal to which logic should approach. On the other hand mathematical logic is distinguished by the idea of exact proof. In this respect it is no hanger-on of mathematics, and this is not its model; it is rather the aim of logic to investigate the founda- tions and conduct of mathematics by means of more exact methods than have been customary among 'pure' mathematicians, and to offer to mathematics the ideal of strict proof. In both respects the name 'mathematical logic' is justified, though for opposite reasons; first, because the new logic is a result of mathematics, then because it seeks to provide a basis for that science. But it would be a misunderstanding to conclude that mathe- matical logicians want to confine themselves to the consideration of quantities; their aim from the start has rather been to construct a quite general logic. In what follows we illustrate both aspects with a series of texts which resume the development of mathematical logic. A. LOGICAL CALCULUS 1. Lull The idea of a mechanical process to facilitate inference is already present in the combinatorial arguments of the ancient Commentators, the Arabs and the Scholastics. We have given one example above (32.34), but of course it was only a matter of determining correct syllogistic moods. Raymond Lull (1235-1315) is the first to lay claim to a quite general mechanical procedure. It appears from the work of this remarkable man that he believed himself to have found a method which permits one to draw every kind of conclusion by means of a system of concentric, circular sheets or rings, of various sizes and mutually adjustable, with letters inscribed on their rims. Unfortunately Lull does not express the main ideas of this procedure at all clearly. However, it will be well to give at least a few passages from his Ars Magna, since his doctrine is not only one of the greatest curiosities in the history of logic, but also had some influence on Leibniz. 38.01 The understanding longs and strives for a universal science of all sciences, with universal principles in which the principle of the other, more special sciences would be implicit and contained as is the particular in the universal. . . . 272 CALCULUS 38.02 This art is divided into thirteen parts, viz. the alphabet, the figures, definitions, rules, tables . . . (etc.). The alphabet of this art is the following: B signifies goodness, difference, whether, God, justice, avarice. C signifies quantity, conformity, what, angel, prudence, throat. We spare the reader the further enumeration of this alphabet. But we print a picture of the 'first figure' and here is part of the accompanying commentary: 38.03 There are four figures, as appears from this page. The first figure is signified by A; and it is circular, subdivided into nine compartments. In the first compartment is B, in the second C, etc. And it is said to be cruciform, in that the subject is turned into the predicate and conversely, as when one says: great goodness, good greatness ; eternal greatness, great eternity; God the good (Deus bonus), the good God (bonus Deus), and correspondingly for other (terms). By means of rotations of this kind the practitioner (artista) can see what is converted and what is not converted, such as 'God is good' and the like, which can be converted. But God and angel will not be converted, nor goodness and angel, nor its goodness and (its) greatness, and so on with the other terms. This text is far from clear, and its consequences no clearer; it has, moreover, little relevance for genuine logic. But the mere idea of such a mechanical process was a fascinating one for many people in the 16th and 17th centuries. 2. Hobbes Lull's ideas are to be found expressed in an extreme form three hundred years later, by Thomas Hobbes (1655). He made no attempt to carry them out, for like most modern philosophers Hobbes was no logician. 38.04 By ratiocination I mean computation. Now to compute, is either to collect the sum of many things that are added together, or to know what remains when one thing is taken out of another. Batiocination, therefore, is the same with addition and substruction (sic); and if any man add multiplication and division, I will not be against it, seeing multiplication is nothing but addition of equals one to 273 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC another, and division nothing but a substraction of equals one from another, as often as is possible. So that all ratio- cination is comprehended in these two operations of the mind, addition and substraction. This is, to be sure, rather the jeu d' esprit of a dilettante than a theory of mathematical logic; no inference can be interpreted in this way, and Hobbes never once tried to do it. The passage shows the mark of his extreme verbalism, inference being a mere accumulation of words. However, this text is historically important as having exercised some influence on Leibniz, and it is also characteristic of the mathematicism which largely dominated the new form of logic until Jevons. But perhaps no logician was so badly infected with it as Hobbes. 3. Leibniz Leibniz had read Lull (38.05) and cites Hobbes too (38.06). But he has much more to offer than either ol them. Like Lull, he is con- cerned with a universal basis for all sciences; like Lull again, his basic philosophy leads him to think of a purely combinatorial method. But this is now to take the form of a calculus, such as is employed in mathematics ; logic is to be thought of as a generalized mathematics. Leibniz's most characteristic texts on this point are the following: 38.07 As I was keenly occupied with this study, I happened unexpectedly upon this remarkable idea, that an alphabet of human thought could be devised, and that everything could be discovered (inveniri) and distinguished (dijudicari) by the combination of the letters of this alphabet and by the analysis of the resulting words. 38.08 The true method should afford us a filum Ariadnes, i.e. a sensibly perceptible and concrete means to guide the mind, like the lines drawn in geometry and the forms of the operations which are prescribed to learners in arithmetic. Without this our mind could traverse no path without going astray. 38.09 To discover and prove truths, the analysis of ideas is necessary, . . . which corresponds to the analysis of (written) characters. . . . Hence we can make the analysis of ideas sensibly perceptible and conduct it as with a mechanical thread; since the analysis of the characters is something sensibly perceptible. 274 The "first figure" of Lull's "Ars Magna". Cf. 38.03 CALCULUS 38.10 A characteristic of reason, by means of which truths would become available to reason by some method of calcula- tion, as in arithmetic and algebra, so in every other domain, so long as it submits to the course of deduction. 38.11 Then, in case of a difference of opinion, no discussion between two philosophers will be any longer necessary, as (it is not) between two calculators. It will rather be enough for them to take pen in hand, set themselves to the abacus, and (if it so pleases, at the invitation of a friend) say to one another: Calculemus! 38.12 Ordinary languages, though mostly helpful for the inferences of thought, are yet subject to countless ambiguities and cannot do the task of a calculus, which is to expose mistakes in inference owing to the forms and structures of words, as solecisms and barbarisms. This remarkable advan- tage is afforded up to date only by the symbols (notae) of arithmeticians and algebraists, for whom inference consists only in the use of characters, and a mistake in thought and in the calculus is identical. 38.13 Hence it seems that algebra and the mathesis uni- versalis ought not to be confused with one another. If indeed mathesis was to deal only with quantity, or with equals and unequals, or with mathematical ratio and proportion, there would be nothing to prevent algebra (which considers quan- tity in general) from being considered as their common part. But mathesis seems to underlie whatever the power of imagina- tion underlies, insofar as that is accurately conceived, and so it pertains to it to treat not only of quantity but also of the arrangement (dispositio) of things. Thus mathesis universalis, if I am not mistaken, has two parts, the ars combinatoria concerned with the variety of things and their forms or qualities in general insofar as they are subject to exact inference, and the equal and the unequal; then logistic or algebra, which is about quantity in general. There are here two different, though connected ideas: that of an 'alphabet of thought' and that of mathesis universalis. According to the first, one is to assign a symbol to every simple idea and solve all problems by combinations of these symbols. This is very con- sonant with Leibniz's philosophy, in particular with his doctrine of the strictly analytic character of all necessary propositions and of inference as a combining of elements. This philosophical view, questionable in itself, was yet fruitful for logic in that it led Leibniz 275 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC to the notion of an artificial language (38.12) which, by contrast to ordinary languages, would be free from ambiguities. Therein Leibniz is the founder of symbolic logic as such, i.e. of the use of artificial symbols even for logical constants (and not only for variables as in all earlier forms of logic). The other idea is that of mathesis universalis (38.10), i.e. of the application of calculation to all inferences, not only to those that are mathematical in the narrower sense. Leibniz does not advocate any mathematicism such as that of Hobbes: malhesis universalis is sharply distinguished from ordinary algebra (here strangely called 'logistic') and set in contrast to it (38.13). It is only the method that is to be applied to logic, and this is not any 'addition and subtrac- tion' as with Hobbes, but simply formal operating with symbols. Of course the idea of a strictly formalistic logic, of constructing some meaningless system which is only interpreted later, such as we find in Boole, is not yet present. The calculus is to be a filum Ariadnes to assist the mind. The process envisaged is therefore basically the same as in the earlier logical tradition; formal laws are abstracted from meaningful sentences. But the principle of a formal process, i.e. of calculation, is here clearly expressed for the first time, so far as we know. In this, Leibniz is the founder of mathematical logic. 4. Lambert Some further development of Leibniz's ideas is to be found in Lambert (1728-1777): 38.14 Let us see, then, how a more universal idea can be abstracted from the arithmetical and algebraic calculi. First, the idea of quantity must be got rid of, as being too special. You may put in its place qualities, affections, thinys, truths, ideas and whatever can be discussed, combined, connected, separated and chanyed into ever new forms; all and each of these substitutions can be made in accordance with the nature of things. For each of these operations and changes, with due differences allowed for, are applied to quantities. Further, for the ideas of equality, equation, ratio, relation, proportion, proyression, etc. which occur in arithmetic, more universal ones are to be substituted. So that in place of equality it will be convenient to introduce identity, in place of equation identification, if this word is taken in its active sense, in place of proportion analoyy. And if the words relation, proyression be retained, their meaning is to be extended, as ordinary usage suggests, so that they can be thought of as relations or progressions between the thinys, qualities, 276 CALCULUS affections, ideas or truths to which the calculus is to be suited. And this is to be chiefly noted, that those relations contribute no little to determining the form of the calculus, and that all those operations which the object of the calculus admits rest chiefly on them. 5. Gergonne Gergonne (1816/17) comes much closer to the idea of formalism: 38.15 It is constantly being said that reasoning must only be about objects of which one has a perfectly clear idea, yet often nothing is more false. One reasons, in practice, with words, just as one calculates with letters in algebra; and in the same way that an algebraic calculation can be carried out exactly without one having the slightest idea about the sig- nification of the symbols on which one is operating, in the same way it is possible to follow a course of reasoning without any knowledge of the signification of the terms in which it is expressed, or without adverting to it if one knows it. . . . It is evident, for example, that one does not have to know the nature of the terms of a proposition in order to deduce its converse or subaltern when it admits of such. Doubtless one cannot dispense with a good knowledge of notions which are to be the immediate matter of judgment; but that is quite unnecessary for concluding to a judgment from a number of others already known to be correct. This text is not altogether clear; Gergonne seems to equate the (Aristotelian) use of variables with formalism. But we can see the idea of formalism becoming clearer. Gergonne also gave expression to an idea which is not without relevance to the symbolism of mathematical logic: 38.16 There is no known language in which a proposition exactly and exclusively expresses in which of our five relations both its component terms stand; such a language would have five kinds of proposition and its dialectic would be quite different from that of our languages. He is referring there to five relationships between the extensions of two terms (or classes) which will be spoken of later (40.12). * * We learned of this passage from a work of J. A. Faris. 277 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 6. Boole We can find a clear idea of formalism, developed in an exemplary way, in the introduction to George Boole's epoch-making The Mathematical Analysis of Logic (1847), in this superior to much later works, e.g. the Principia. 38.17 They who are acquainted with the present state of the theory of Symbolical Algebra, are aware, that the validity of the processes of analysis does not depend upon the inter- pretation of the symbols which are employed, but solely upon the laws of their combination. Every system of interpretation which does not affect the truth of the relations supposed, is equally admissible, and it is thus that the same process may, under one scheme of interpretation, represent the solution of a question on the properties of numbers, under another, that of a geometrical problem, and under a third, that of a problem of dynamics or optics. This principle is indeed of fundamental importance; and it may with safety be affirmed, that the recent advances of pure analysis have been much assisted by the influence which it has exerted in directing the current of investigation. But the full recognition of the consequences of this impor- tant doctrine has been, in some measure, retarded by acciden- tal circumstances. It has happened in every known form of analysis, that the elements to be determined have been con- ceived as measurable by comparison with some fixed standard. The predominant idea has been that of magnitude, or more strictly, of numerical ratio. The expression of magnitude, or of operations upon magnitude, has been the express object for which the symbols of Analysis have been invented, and for which their laws have been investigated. Thus the abstrac- tions of the modern Analysis, not less than the ostensive diagrams of the ancient Geometry, have encouraged the notion, that Mathematics are essentially, as well as actually, the Science of Magnitude. The consideration of that view which has already been stated, as embodying the true principle of the Algebra of Symbols, would, however, lead us to infer that this conclusion is by no means necessary. If every existing interpretation is shewn to involve the idea of magnitude, it is only by induction that we can assert that no other interpretation is possible. And it may be doubted wither our experience is sufficient to 278 CALCULUS render such an induction legitimate. The history of pure Analysis is, it may be said, too recent to permit us to set limits to the extent of its applications. Should we grant to the inference a high degree of probability, we might still, and with reason, maintain the sufficiency of the definition to which the principle already stated would lead us. We might justly assign it as the definitive character of a true Calculus, that it is a method resting upon the employment of Symbols, whose laws of combination are known and general, and whose results admit of a consistent interpretation. That to the existing forms of Analysis a quantitative interpretation is assigned, is the result of the circumstances by which those forms were determined, and is not to be construed into a universal condition of Analysis. It is upon the foundation of this general principle, that I purpose to establish the Calculus of Logic, and that I claim for it a place among the acknowledged forms of Mathematical Analysis, regardless that in its object and in its instruments it must at present stand alone. From that Boole draws the explicit conclusion: 38.18 On the principle of a true classification, we ought no longer to associate Logic and Metaphysics, but Logic and Mathematics. . . . The mental discipline which is afforded by the study of Logic, as an exact science, is in species, the same as that afforded by the study of Analysis. Leibniz and Lambert had already wanted to apply calculation to logic, and had used the idea of non-quantitative calculation. The epoch-making feature of Boole's text is the exemplarily clear account of the essence of calculation, viz. formalism, a process of which the 'validity does not depend upon the interpretation of the symbols which are employed, but solely upon the laws of their combination'. Boole is also aware of the possibility of interpreting the same formal system in different ways. This suggests that he did not think of logic as an abstraction from actual processes, as all previous logicians had done, but as a formal construction for which an interpretation is sought only subsequently. That is quite new, and in contrast with the whole tradition, Leibniz included. 7 '. Peirce Finally we submit a text from Peirce's review of Schroder's logic (1896), which contains one of the best statements of the advantage to be looked for in a logical calculus. 38.19 It is a remarkable historical fact that there is a branch of science in which there has never been a prolonged 279 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC dispute concerning the proper objects of that science. It is mathematics. Mistakes in mathematics occur not infrequently, and not being detected give rise to false doctrine, which may continue a long time. Thus, a mistake in the evaluation of a definite integral by Laplace, in his Mecanique celeste, led to an erroneous doctrine about the motion of the moon which remained undetected for nearly half a century. But after the question had once been raised, all dispute was brought to a close within a year. . . . 38.20 Hence, we homely thinkers believe that, considering the immense amount of disputation there has always been concerning the doctrines of logic, and especially concerning those which would otherwise be applicable to settle disputes concerning the accuracy of reasonings in metaphysics, the safest way is to appeal for our logical principles to the science of mathematics, where error can only long go unexploded on condition of its not being suspected. . . . 38.21 Exact logic will be that doctrine of the conditions of establishment of stable belief which rests upon perfectly undoubted observations and upon mathematical, that is, upon diagrammatical, or iconic, thought. We, who are sectaries of 'exact' logic, and of 'exact' philosophy, in general, main- tain that those who follow such methods will, so far as they follow them, escape all error except such as will be speedily corrected after it is once suspected. B. THEORY OF PROOF 1. Bolzano A noteworthy precursor of modern proof-theory is Bernard Bolzano*. 38.22 If we now state that M, N, 0, . . . are deducible from A, B, C, . . . and this in respect of the notions i, /, . . .: we are basically saying, according to what has been said in § 155, the following: 'All ideal contents which in the place of i, /, . . . in the propositions A, B, C, . . . M, N, 0, . . . simultaneously verify the propositions A, B, C, . . . has the property of also simultaneously verifying the propositions M, TV, 0. . . .' The * Professor Hans Hermes drew our attention to this passage. The rows of dots after the groups of letters are here part of the text. 280 PROOF most usual way of giving expression to such propositions is of course: '// A, B, C, . . . are true: then also M, TV, 0, . . . are true.' But we often also say: 'M, TV, 0, . . . follow, or are Reduc- ible, or can be inferred from A, B, C, . . . etc' In respect of the notions i, /',... which we consider as the variables in these propositions, the same remark is applicable as in No. 1. But since according to § 155 No. 20 it is not at all the < •;)-«■ with the relation of deducibility, as (it is) with the relations of mere compatibility, that a given content of propositions A, B, C, .... on the one hand, and M, TV, 0, ... on the other, can come into this relationship merely because we determine arbitrarily which notions therein are to count as variables: it is thus a rather startling statement when we say that certain propositions M, N, 0, . . . can be brought into a relationship of deducibility with other propositions A, B, C, ... by merely taking the notions pertaining to them as variable. But in such a judgment we only say that there are certain parts of the propositions A, B, C, . . . M, TV, 0, . . . which can be considered as variable, with the result that every ideal content which in the place of i, /, . . . makes all of A, B, C, . . . true, also makes all of M, TV, 0, . . . true. And thus we can easily see from § 137 how such a proposition must be expressed to bring out its logically constant parts. 'The notion of some parts of A, B, C, . . . M, TV, 0, ... so constituted that every arbitrary ideal content which in their place verifies A, B, C, . . . always also verifies M, TV, 0, . . . has objectivity'. In ordinary speech propositions of this kind are expressed just like the preceding ones. It is only from other circumstances, e.g. from the context, that one can guess whether the speaker has in his mind determinate notions in respect to which the retation of deducibility is to be present, or whether he only inlends to intimate that there are such notions. Thus, e.g., it is easy enough to gather from the following proposition: 'if Caius is a man, and all men are mortal, then Caius, too, is mortal', that it is here intended to state the deducibility of the proposition : Caius is mortal, from the two propositions : Caius is a man, and, all men are mortal, in respect of the three notions; Caius, man and mortal. This next utterance on the other hand: 'If in all men there stirs an irresistible desire for permanence ; if, too, the most virtuous must feel unhappy at the thought that he is one day to cease; then we are not wrong to expect of God's infinite goodness that he will not annihilate us in death' - 281 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC this would be subject to the reproach of extreme obscurity, since its sense is not that the said propositions stand in a relationship of deducibility when some of their notions (which still have to be ascertained) have been taken as variable. By such an utterance it is only intended to state that notions are present such as to warrant inference from the truth of the antecedent to the truth of the consequent; but it does not as yet tell one which these notions properly are. 2. Frege While that text of Bolzano's contains important ideas about the concept of deduction or deducibility, the modern development of this second aspect of mathematical logic begins with Frege. We take the essential texts from the Grundgesetzen der Arilhmeiik (1893); but it can easily be shown that most of what is said in them was already known to this great logician by 1879. 38.23 In my Grundlagen der Arithmetik I have tried to make it plausible that arithmetic is a branch of logic and does not need to take its grounds of proof either from experience or intuition. This will now be confirmed in the present book, by the fact that the simplest laws of numbers can be deduced by logical means alone. But at the same time this shows that considerably higher demands must be made on the process of proof than is usual in arithmetic. A region of some ways of inference and deduction must be previously delimited, and no step may be made which is not in accordance with one of these. In the passage, therefore, to a new judgment, one must not be satisfied with the fact that it is evidently correct, as mathematicians nearly always have been up to now, but one must analyze it into its simple logical steps, which are often by no means a few. No presupposition may remain unremarked ; every axiom which is needed must be discovered. It is just the tacit presuppositions, that are made without clear conscious- ness, which obscure understanding of the epistemological cha- racter of a law. 38.24 The ideal of a strict scientific method in mathematics, such as I have here tried to realize, and which could well be called after Euclid, I might describe thus. It cannot indeed be required that everything should be proved, since that is impossible; but one can see to it that all propositions which are used without being proved, are expressly stated as such, 282 PROOF so that it is clearly known on what the whole structure rests. The effort, then, must be to reduce the number of these primitive laws as far as possible, by proving everything which can be proved. Further, and here I go beyond Euclid, I require that all methods of inference and deduction which are to be applied, shall be previously presented. Otherwise it is impossible to ensure with certainty that the first requirement is fulfilled. I think that I have now attained this ideal in essentials. Stricter requirements could only be made in a few points. In order to secure greater mobility, and not to fall into excessive prolixity, I have allowed myself to make tacit use of the commutability of antecedents, and of the identification of like antecedents, and have not reduced the ways of inference and deduction to the smallest number. Those who know my small book Begriffsschrift will be able to gather from it how the strictest requirements could be forthcoming here as well, but also that this would bring with it a notable increase in size. Frege is correct here in claiming Euclid as his predecessor, insofar as Euclid was the first to carry out the idea of an axiomatic system in mathematics. But it would have been much better to refer to Aristotle (14.02, 14.05), for what Frege offers is an important sharpening of the Aristotelian concept of an axiomatic system. His first requirement is that all presuppositions should be formulated expressly and without gaps. Then he makes an explicit distinction between the laws and the methods of inference and deduction, i.e. the rules of inference. This is not altogether new (cf. 22.12-22.15, 30.11. § 31, C), but is stated with greater clarity than ever before. Finally. Frege can be con- trasted with Leibniz, Boole and other earlier writers in his laying down of a quite new requirement: 'considerably higher demands must be made on the notion of proof than is usual in arithmetic'. With that, mathematical logic enters on its second phase. 38.23 and 38.24, along with the citations from Boole, are texts of far-reaching influence on the concept of mathematical logic. In this connection two further quotations, dating from 1896, may be added. 38.25 Words such as 'therefore', 'consequently', 'since' suggest indeed that inference has been made, but say nothing of the principle in accordance with which it has been made, and could also be used without misuse of words where there is no logically justified inference. In an inquiry which I here have in view, the question is not only whether one is convinced of the truth of the conclusion, with which one is usually satisfied 283 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC in mathematics ; but one must also bring to consciousness the reason for this conviction and the primitive laws on which it rests. Fixed lines on which the deductions must move are necessary for this, and such are not provided in ordinary language. 38.26 Inference is conducted in my symbolic system (Begriffsschrift) according to a kind of calculation. I do not mean this in the narrow sense, as though an algorithm was in control, the same as or similar to that of ordinary addition and multiplication, but in the sense that the whole is algorith- mic, with a complex of rules which so regulate the passage from one proposition or from two such to another, that nothing takes place but what is in accordance with these rules. My aim, therefore, is directed to continuous strictness of proof and utmost logical accuracy, along with perspicuity and brevity. Frege's program of thorough proof was later carried out in mathe- matics by Hilbert with a view to pure formality. The texts can be referred to in 0. Becker (38.27). It was Lukasiewicz who applied it to logical systems with complete strictness. We shall give an example in the chapter on propositional logic (43.45). C. METALOGIC The idea of a metalogic was an inevitable result of the combination of Boole's formalism and Frege's theory of proof. For once formulae had been distinguished from rules, and the former treated with strict formalism, 'after the fashion of an algorithm' as Frege says, then the rules had to be interpreted as meaningful and having content. At once the rules are seen as belonging to a different level to the for- mulae. The notion of this second level appears first in connection with mathematics as that of metamathematics in Hilbert. We cite his lecture Die logischen Grundlagen der Malhematik (1923): 38.28 The basic idea of my theory of proof is this: Everything that goes to make up mathematics in the accepted sense is strictly formalized, so that mathematics proper, or mathematics in the narrower sense, becomes a stock of formulae. . . . Beyond mathematics proper, formalized in this way, there is, so to speak, a new mathematics, a metamathematics, which is needed to establish the other securely. In it, by contrast to the purely formal ways of inference in mathematics proper, 284 PROOF inference which has regard to the subject matter is applied, though merely to establish the freedom from contradiction of the axioms. In this metamathematics we operate with the proofs of mathematics proper, these last themselves forming the object of the inference that regards the matter. In this way the development of the total science of mathematics is achieved by a continual exchange which is of two kinds: the gaining of new provable formulae from the axioms by means of formal inference, and on the other hand the addition of new axioms along with the proof of freedom from contradiction by means of inference having regard to the matter. The axioms and provable propositions, i.e. formulae, which arise in this process of exchange, are representations of the thoughts which constitute the usual processes of mathematics as understood up to now, but they are not themselves truths in an absolute sense. It is the insights which are afforded by my theory of proof in regard to provability and freedom from contradiction which are rather to be viewed as the absolute truths. This important text goes beyond the bounds of this chapter in that it touches not only on proof-theory but also on the concept of logic and its relations to mathematics, since Hilbert here limits meaningful inference to the proof of freedom from contradiction, in accordance with his special philosophy of mathematics. The important point for our purpose is chiefly the sharp distinction between the formalized, and so in Boole's sense meaningless, calculus on the one hand, and the meaningful rules of inference on the other. This idea, too, was first expressed by Frege, when he requir- ed enumeration of all 'ways of inference and deduction' as distinct from axioms (cf. 38.24). But Frege did not think of the axioms and theorems as meaningless, however formally he considered them. Here on the contrary it is a case of inscriptions considered purely mate- rially. A new stage in the understanding of formalization has thus been reached. The doctrine in Hilbert is, of course, limited to mathematics - he speaks of metamathematics. But soon this idea was to be extended to logic, and this came about in the Warsaw School. The expression 'metalogic' first occurs in a paper by Lukasiewicz and Tarski of 1930 (38.29). Parallel to the work of the Warsaw School is that which R. Carnap was carrying on in Vienna at the same time. We cite now a text of Tarski's, the founder of systematic meta- logic. He forms the starting-point for the most recent developments which will not be pursued here. 285 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC Tarski wrote in 1930: 38.30 Our object in this communication is to define the meaning, and to establish the elementary properties, of some important concepts belonging to the methodology of the deductive sciences, which, following Hilbert, it is customary to call metamathematics . Formalized deductive disciplines form the field of research of metamathematics roughly in the same sense in which spatial entities form the field of research in geometry. These discip- lines are regarded, from the standpoint of metamathematics, as sets of sentences. Those sentences which (following a sug- gestion of S. Lesniewski) are also called meaningful sentences, are themselves regarded as certain inscriptions of a well- defined form. The set of all sentences is here denoted by the symbol iSi. From the sentences of any set X certain other sentences can be obtained by means of certain operations called rules of inference. These sentences are called the conse- quences of the set X. The set of all consequences is denoted by the symbol lCn {X)\ An exact definition of the two concepts, of sentence and of consequence, can be given only in those branches of meta- mathematics in which the field of investigation is a concrete formalized discipline. On account of the generality of the present considerations, however, these concepts will here be regarded as primitive and will be characterized by means of a series of axioms. §39. THE CONCEPT OF LOGIC As has been seen above (§ 38) Boole (38.17), Peirce (38.19) and with them the other mathematical logicians of the 19th century considered logic to be a branch of mathematics, this last being described not with reference to its object but its method, the application of a calculus. However, at the end of the 19th century there arose considerable disagreement about the relationship of logic to mathematics, a disagreement which at the same time concerned the answer to the question whether logic can be deve- loped purely formally as a system of symbols, or whether it necessa- rily involves an interpretation of the symbols. So there were two problems, but both concerned with the concept of logic. Three main positions took shape: the logistic, the formalistic (not in the sense in which 'formalism' is used in the last and in subsequent sections) 286 CONCEPT OF LOGIC and the intuitionistic. We shall illustrate their main features with some texts. A. THE LOGISTIC POSITION On the logistic position there is no essential distinction between logic and mathematics, inasmuch as mathematics can be developed out of logic; more exactly, inasmuch as all mathematical terms can be defined by logical ones, and all mathematical theorems can be deduced from true logical axioms. Frege is the originator of this line of thought, which attained its fullest development in the Principia Malhematica of Whitehead and Russell, written precisely to provide a thorough proof of the logistic thesis. 1. Frege: semantics Frege's theory of logic is closely connected with his semantics (a word which we always use here in the sense of Morris (5.01), not in Tarski's technical sense). On this point we shall here recall briefly only that logic for Frege was not a game with symbols but a science of objective thoughts (Gedanken), i.e. of ideal propositions (and so of lecta in the sense of 19.04ff.). The premisses must be true, formalism is only a means. To begin with, we give a text about the first point: 39.01 By the word 'sentence' (Satz) I mean a sign which is normally composite, regardless of whether the parts are spoken words or written signs. This sign must naturally have a sense (Sinn). I shall here only consider sentences in which we assert or state something. We can translate a sentence into another language. In the other language the sentence is different from the original one, since it consists of different components (words) differently compounded; but if the translation is correct, it expresses the same sense. And the sense is properly just that which matters to us. The sentence has a value for us through the sense which we apprehend in it, and which we recognize as the same in the translation too. This sense I call 'thought' (Gedanke). What wre prove is not the sentence but the thought. And it makes no difference what language we use for that purpose. In mathematics people speak indeed of a proof of a Lehrsaiz when they understand by the word Satz what I call 'thought' - or perhaps they do not sufficiently distinguish between the verbal or symbolic expression and the thought expressed. But for clarity it is better to make this distinction. The thought is not perceptible to the senses, but we give it an audible or visible represen- 287 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC tative in the sentence. Hence I say 'theorem' rather than 'sentence', 'axiom' rather than 'primitive sentence', and by theorems and axioms I understand true thoughts. This further implies that thoughts are not something subjective, the product of our mental activity; for the thought, such as we have in the theorem of Pythagoras, is the same for everyone, and its truth is quite independent of whether it is or is not thought by this or that man. Thinking is to be viewed not as the production of thought but as its understanding. Here, in another terminology, we have exactly the Stoic doctrine that logic deals with lecta, and the third scholastic view (28.17) according to which propositions stand for ideal structures. On the question of the truth of premisses, Frege says : 39.02 Nothing at all can be deduced from false premisses. A mere thought which is not accepted as true, cannot be a premiss. Only when I have accepted a thought as true can it be a premiss for me; mere hypotheses cannot be used as premisses. Of course, I can ask what consequences follow from the supposition that A is true without having accepted the truth of A ; but the result then involves the condition : if A is true. But that is only to say that A is not a premiss, since a true premiss does not occur in the judgment inferred. Frege thus holds a kind of absolutest doctrine closely approximat- ing to the Aristotelian theory of a7c68ei£i<; (14.02) but apparently still more radical. We append now a characteristic text about the use of quotation- marks, in which Frege's high degree of exactness finds expression - a degree that has been too seldom attained since. 39.03 People may perhaps wonder about the frequent use of quotation-marks ; I use them to distinguish the cases where I am speaking of the symbol itself, from those where I am speaking of what it stands for. This may seem very pedantic, but I consider it necessary. It is extraordinary how an inexact manner of speaking and writing, which was originally perhaps used only for convenience, can in the end lead thought astray after one has ceased to notice it. Thus it has come about that numerals are taken for numbers, names for what they name, what is merely auxiliary for the proper object of arithmetic. Such experiences teach us how necessary it is to demand exactness in ways of talking and writing. 288 CONCEPT OF LOGIC 2. Frege: Logic and Mathematics 39.04 Under the name 'formal theory' I shall here consider two modes of conception, of which I subscribe to the first and endeavour to refute the second. The first says that all arith- metical propositions can, and hence should, be deduced from definitions alone by purely logical means. . . . Out of all the reasons which support this view I shall here adduce only one, which is based on the comprehensive applicability of arith- metical doctrines. One can in fact number pretty well every- thing that can be an object of thought: the ideal as well as the real, concepts and things, the temporal and the spatial, events and bodies, methods as well as propositions; numbers them- selves can be in turn numbered. Nothing is actually required beyond a certain definiteness of delimitation, a certain logical completeness. From this there may be gathered no less than that the primitive propositions on which arithmetic is based, are not to be drawn from a narrow domain to the special character of which they give expression, as the axioms of geometry express the special character of the spatial domain; rather must those primitive propositions extend to everything thinkable, and a proposition of this most universal kind is rightly to be ascribed to logic. From this logical or formal character of arithmetic I draw some conclusions. First: no sharp boundary between logic and arithmetic is to be drawn; considered from a scientific point of view both constitute a single science. If the most universal primi- tive propositions and perhaps their immediate consequences are attributed to logic, and the further development to arithmetic, it is like wanting to detach a special science of axioms from geometry. Yet the partitioning of the whole domain of knowledge among the sciences is determined not only by theoretical but also by practical considerations, so that I do not wish to say anything against a certain practical separation. But it must not become a breach as is now the case to the detriment of both. If this formal theory is correct, logic cannot be so fruitless as it may appear to a superficial consideration - of which logicians are not guiltless. And there is no need for that attitude of reserve on the part of many mathematicians towards any philosophic justification of whatever is real, at least insofar as it extends to logic. This 289 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC science is capable of no less exactness than mathematics itself. On the other hand logicians may be reminded that they cannot learn to know their own science thoroughly if they do not trouble themselves about arithmetic. 39.05 My second conclusion is that there is no special arithmetical kind of inference such that it cannot be reduced to the common inference of logic. 39.06 My third conclusion concerns definitions, as my second concerned kinds of inference. In every definition something has to presupposed as known, by means of which one explains what is to be understood by a name or symbol. An angle cannot be well defined without presupposing know- ledge of a straight line. Now that on which a definition is based may itself be defined; but in the last resort one must always come to something indefinable, which has to be recognized as simple and incapable of further resolution. And the properties which belong to these foundation stones of science, contain its whole content in embryo. In geometry these properties are expressed in the axioms, to the extent that these are independent of one another. Now it is clear that the boundaries of a science are determined by the nature of its foundation stones. If, as in geometry, we are originally concerned with spatial structures, the science, too, will be limited to what is spatial. Since then arithmetic is to be independent of all particular properties of things, that must hold for its foundations : they must be of a purely logical kind. The conclusion follows that everything arithmetical is to be reduced by definitions to what is logical. 3. Russell Frege's postulates were first taken up by Giuseppe Peano - though without direct dependence on Frege - then by Bertrand Russell. The latter extended the logistic thesis to geometry and mathematical disciplines in general. 39.07 The general doctrine that all mathematics is deduc- tion by logical principles from logical principles was strongly advocated by Leibniz. . . . But owing partly to a faulty logic, partly to belief in the logical necessity of Euclidean Geometry, he was led into hopeless errors. . . . The actual propositions of Euclid, for example, do not follow from the principles of logic alone; .... But since the growth of non-Euclidean Geometry, it has appeared that pure mathematics has no 290 CONCEPT OF LOGIC concern with the question whether the axioms and propositions of Euclid hold of actual space or not: this is a question for applied mathematics, to be decided, so far as any decision is possible, by experiment and observation. What pure mathe- matics asserts is merely that the Euclidean propositions follow from the Euclidean axioms - i.e. it asserts an implication: any space which has such and such properties has also such and such other properties. Thus, as dealt with in pure mathe- matics, the Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometries are equally true: in each nothing is affirmed except implica- tions. . . . 39.08 Thus pure mathematics must contain no indefinables except logical constants, and consequently no premisses, or indemonstrable propositions, but such as are concerned exclusively with logical constants and with variables. It is precisely this that distinguishes pure from applied mathe- matics. How and to what extent this program was carried out, cannot here be pursued. Reference may be made to Becker (39.09). In conclusiou we should like only to illustrate Frege's definition of number by means of purely logical concepts, especially with a view to comparing it with a similar discovery in the Indian logic of the 17th century (54.17). 4. Frege: number 39.10 To illuminate matters it will be good to consider number in connection with a judgment where its primitive manner of application occurs. If when I see the same outward appearances I can say with the same truth: 'this is a group of trees' and 'these are five trees' or 'here are four companies' and 'here are 500 men', no difference is made to the individual or to the whole, the aggregate, but to my naming. But this is only the sign of the substitution of one concept by another. This suggests an answer to the first question of the previous paragraph, that number involves a statement about a concept. This is perhaps most evident for the number 0. When I say: 'Venus has 0 moons', there is no moon or aggregate of moons there about which anything can be said; but to the concept 'moon of Venus' there is attributed a property, viz. that of comprising nothing under it. When I say: 'the emperor's carriage is drawn by four horses', I apply the number four to the concept 'horse which draws the emperor's carriage'. . . . 291 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 39.11 Among the properties which are predicated of a concept I do not, of course, understand the notes which make up the concept. These are properties of the things which fall under the concept, not of the concept. Thus 'right-angled' is not a property of the concept 'right-angled triangle'; but the proposition that there is no right-angled, rectilineal, equilateral triangle, states a property of the concept 'right- angled, rectilineal, equilateral triangle', attributing to it the number 0. 39.12 In this respect existence is like number. The affir- mation of existence is nothing else than the denial of the number 0. Since existence is a property of the concept, the ontological proof of the existence of God fails of its purpose It would also be false to deny that existence and unicity can ever be notes of concepts. They are only not notes of that concept to which the manner of speech might lead one to ascribe them. E.g. when all concepts belonging only to one object are collected under one concept, uniqueness is a note of this concept. The concept 'moon of the earth', for instance, would fall under it, but not the so-called heavenly body. Thus a concept can be allowed to fall under a higher one, under a concept, so to speak, of second order. But this rela- tionship is not to be confused with that of subordination. Frege's definition of number was later interpreted by Russell extensionally, when he took numbers as classes of classes (39.13). B. FORMALISM The formalists, too, see no essential difference between logical and mathematical formulae, but they understand both forma- listically and think of the single system composed of them as a system of symbols. Evidence and truth of the axioms have no part to play: but freedom from contradiction is everything. The founder of formalism is David Hilbert, the essentials of whose thought on logic is contained in the text given earlier (38.28). Here we add only a brief passage from a letter to Frege in 1899 or 1900: 39.14 You write: 'From the truth of the axioms it follows that they do not contradict one another'. I was very interested to read this particular sentence of yours, because for my part, ever since I have been thinking, writing and lecturing about such matters, I have been accustomed to say just the reverse: if the arbitrarily posited axioms are not in mutual (sic) con- 292 CONCEPT OF LOGIC tradiction with the totality of their consequences, then they are true - the things defined by the axioms exist. That for me is the criterion of truth and existence. For the rest, it is not easy to find texts to illustrate Hilbert's thought before 1930; for that and the later development Becker may again be consulted (39.15). It should be noted that formalism has been very important for the concept of logic, quite apart from its value as a theory. Logic having been previously viewed as a calculus, it is henceforth ever more and more transposed onto the level of metalogic. After Hilbert, it is not the formulae themselves but the rules of operation by which they are formed and derived that are more and more made the object of logical investigation. C. INTUITIONISM By contrast to the logisticians and formalists, the intuition ists make a sharp distinction between logic and mathematics. Mathe- matics is not, for them, a set of formulae, but primarily a mental activity the results of which are subsequently communicable by means of language. In language, as used by mathematicians, certain regularities are observed, and this leads to the development of a logic. Thus logic is not presupposed by, but abstracted from mathematics. Once that has been done, it can then be formalized, but this is a matter of secondary importance. * Intuitionism has a fairly long history in mathematics: L. Kron- ecker and H. Poincare are precursors; H. Weyl is reckoned a 'semi-intuitionist'. But L. E. J. Brouwer ranks as the founder of the school, and intuitionistic logic was first properly formulated (and formalized) by A. Heyting in 1930. From the standpoint of formal logic it is to be noted that the intuitionists, as they themselves say, admit the principle of tertium exclusion only under certain limitations. In this respect their doctrine belongs to those 'heterodox' logics of which we shall speak in § 49. We give one text from Heyting and one from Brouwer : 39.16 Intuitionistic mathematics is an activity of thought. and every language - even the formalistic - is for it only a means of communication. It is impossible in principle to establish a system of formulae that would have the same value as intuitionistic mathematics, since it is impossible to * Special thanks are due to Prof. E. W. Beth for much information in this connection, as generally for his help with the composition of this fifth part. 293 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC reduce the possibilities of thought to a finite number of rules that thought can previously lay down. The endeavour to reproduce the most important parts of mathematics in a language of formulae is justified exclusively by the great conciseness and defmiteness of this last as compared with customary languages, properties which fit it to facilitate penetration of the intuitionistic concepts and their applica- tion in research. For constructing mathematics the statement of universally valid logical laws is not necessary. These laws are found as it were anew in every individual case to be valid for the mathe- matical system under consideration. But linguistic com- munication moulded according to the needs of everyday life proceeds according to the form of logical laws which it presupposes as given. A language which imitated the process of intuitionistic mathematics step by step would so diverge in all its parts from the usual pattern that it would have to surrender again all the useful properties mentioned above. These considerations have led me to begin the formalization of intuitionistic mathematics once again with a propositional calculus. The formulae of the formalistic systems come into being by the application of a finite number of rules of operation to a finite number of axioms. Besides 'constant' symbols they also contain variables. The relationship between this system and mathematics is this, that on a determinate interpretation of the constants and under certain restrictions on substitu- tion for variables every formula expresses a correct mathe- matical proposition. (E.g. in the propositional calculus the variables must be replaced only by senseful mathematical sentences.) If the system is so constructed as to fulfil the last-mentioned requirement, its freedom from contradiction is thereby guaranteed, in the sense that it cannot contain any formula which would express a contradictory proposition on that interpretation. The formalistic system can also be considered mathemati- cally for its own sake, without reference to any interpretation. Freedom from contradiction then takes on a new meaning inasmuch as contradiction is defined as a definite formula; for us this method of treatment is less to the fore than the other. But here questions come in about the independence and completeness of the axiom-system. 294 CONCEPT OF LOGIC 39.17 The differences about the Tightness of the new formalistic foundations and the new intuitionistic construc- tion of mathematics will be removed, and the choice between the two methods of operation reduced to a matter of taste, as soon as the following intuitions (Einsichten) have been generally grasped. They primarily concern formalism, but were first formulated in intuitionist literature. This grasp is only a matter of time, since they are results purely of reflection, containing nothing disputable, and necessarily acknowledged by everyone who has once understood them. Of the four intuitions this understanding and acknowledge- ment has so far been attained for two in the formalistic literature. Once the same state of affairs has been reached for the other two, an end will have been put to disputes about foundations in mathematics. FIRST INTUITION. The distinction between the formalistic endeavours to construct the 'mathematical slock of formulae' (formalistic idea of mathematics) and an intuitive (meaningful) theory of the laws of this construction, as also the understanding that for the last theory the intuitionistic mathematics of the set of natural numbers is indispensable. SECOND INTUITION. The rejection of the thoughtless application of the logical theorem of tertium exclusum, as also the awareness first, that investigation of the credentials and domain of validity of the said theorem constitutes an essential object of mathematical foundational research; second, that this domain of validity in intuitive (meaningful) mathematics com- prises only finite systems. THIRD INTUITION. The identification of the theorem of tertium exclusum with the principle of the solubility of every mathematical problem. FOURTH INTUITION. The awareness that the (meaningful) justification of formalistic mathematics through proof of its freedom from contradiction involves a vicious circle, since this justification depends on the (meaningful) correctness of the proposition that the correctness of a proposition follows from the freedom from contradiction of this proposition, i.e. from the (meaningful) correctness of the theorem of tertium exclusum. 295 II. THE FIRST PERIOD §40. THE BOOLEAN CALCULUS The system of mathematical logic inaugurated by Boole in 1847 holds a special place in history in that it admits of two interpreta- / tions, in class-logic and propositional logic. In this section we shall ^ consider the abstract calculus itself and its classical interpretation, reserving the propositional interpretation to the following section. The growth of Boole's calculus can be summarized as follows: De Morgan is its precursor (though his chief work was published contemporaneously with Boole's in 1847); Boole set out the main lines of the system in that year; but his exposition lacks the concept of the logical sum which first appears in Peirce (1867), Schroder (1877), and Jevons (1890), as also the concept of inclusion, originally introduced by Gergonne (1816) and clearly formulated by Peirce in 1870. Schroder's system (1890) ranks as the completion of this growth, though perhaps Peano's (1899) may here be counted as the real close. A. DE MORGAN Boole's calculus emerged in a way from the 'classical' endeavours to broaden the Aristotelian syllogistic (36.15 f.). This can be most clearly seen from the syllogistic of Augustus de Morgan. 40.01 I shall now proceed to an enlarged view of the proposition, and to the structure of a notation proper to repre- sent its different cases. As usual, let the universal affirmative be denoted by A, the particular affirmative by /, the universal negative by E, and the particular negative by O. This is the extent of the common symbolic expression of propositions: I propose to make the following additions for this work. Let one particular choice of order, as to subject and predicate, be supposed established as a standard of reference. As to the letters X, F,. Z, let the order always be that of the alphabet, IF, YZ, XZ Let x, y, z, be the contrary names of X, F, Z; and let the same order be adopted in the standard of reference. Let the four forms when choice is made of an X, F, Z, be denoted by At, E , /,, O,; but when the choice is made from the contraries, let them be denoted by A', E\ /', O' . Thus with reference to Y and Z, "Every Y is Z" is the At of that pair and order: while "Every y is z" is the A'. I should recommend ^and^' 296 BOOLEAN CALCULUS to be called the sub-A and the super- A of the pair and order in question: the helps which this will give the memory will presently be very apparent. And the same of I t and /', etc. Let the following abbreviations be employed; - X) Y means "Every X is Y". X. Y means "No X is Y". X:Y means "Some Xs are not Ys". XY means "Some Xs are Fs". Later, De Morgan developed a different symbolism. We give it- description and a comparative table, from a paper of 18.rjf): 40.02 Let the subject and predicate, when specified, be written before and after the symbols of quantity. Let the enclosing parenthesis, as in X) or (X, denote that the name- symbol X, which would be enclosed if the oval were completed, enters universally. Let an excluding parenthesis, as in )X or X(, signify that the name-symbol enters particularly. Let an even number of dots, or none at all, inserted between the parentheses, denote affirmation or agreement; let an odd number, usually one, denote negation or non-agreement. 40.03 Universals Former Notation of Both. Notation Proposition memoir. my Work on now expressed in Logic. proposed. common language. A A1 X)Y X))Y Every X is F a A1 x ) y or x )) y or Every F is X Y)X X(( Y E E1 X)yov X))yov No X is F X . Y X).( Y e E1 x ) For x))Yor Everything is x.y X(.) Y X or F o rboth Particulars I It XY X()Y Some Xs are Fs i I1 xy x()yor Some things X)(Y are neither .Ys nor Fs 0 Ox Xy or XQyor Some Xs are X : F X (.( Y not Fs 0 O1 xY or x () F or Some Fs are F : X X).)Y not Xs •297 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC B. BOOLE Boole, who was the first to outline clearly the program of mathe- matical logic, was also the first to achieve a partial execution. In this respect there is a great likeness between his relationship to Leibniz and that of Aristotle to Plato. For with Boole as with Aristotle we find not only ideas but a system. This system of Boole's can be described thus: it is in the first r^ace closely allied to arithmetic, in that it uses only arithmetical symbols and has only one law that diverges from those of arith- metic, viz. xn = x. All its procedures are taken over from simple algebra; Boole has no conscious awareness of purely logical methods (even of those which are intuitively used in algebra), e.g. of the rules of detachment and substitution. As a matter of fact, even the basic law mentioned makes very little difference to the algebraic character of his system - which is algebra limited to the numbers 0 and 1. Boole's mathematicism goes so far - and this is the second main characteristic of his doctrine - that he introduces symbols and procedures which admit of no logical interpretation, or only a com- plicated and scarcely interesting one. Thus we meet with subtrac- tion and division and numbers greater than 1. From the logical point of view it is to be noted that disjunction (symbolized by lx + y') is taken as exclusive, and that inclusion is expressed by means of equality. Both lead to difficulties and unnecessary complications; both are the result of the tendency to mathematicize. A third and special characteristic is that the system possesses two interpretations, in classical and propositional logic. Altogether, in spite of its defects, Boolean algebra is a very successful piece of logic. Boole resembles Aristotle both in point of originality and fruitfulness ; indeed it is hard to name another logician, besides Frege, who has possessed these qualities to the same degree, after the founder. 1. Symbolism and basic concepts 40.04 Proposition I. All the operations of the Language, as an instrument of reasoning, may be conducted by a system of signs composed of the following elements, viz. : 1st. Literal symbols as x, y, etc., representing things as subjects of our conceptions. 2nd. Signs of operation, as +, -, x, standing for those operations of the mind by which the conceptions of things are combined or resolved so as to form new conceptions involving the same elements. 3rd. The sign of identity, =. 298 BOOLEAN CALCULUS And these symbols of Logic are in their use subject to definite laws, partly agreeing with and partly differing from the laws of the corresponding symbols in the science of Algebra. 40.05 Let us employ the symbol 1 or unity, to represent the Universe, and let us understand it as comprehending every conceivable class of objects whether actually existing or not, it being premised that the same individual may La found in more than one class, inasmuch as it may possess more than one quality in common with other individuals. Let us employ the letters X, Y, Z, to represent the individual members of classes, X applying to every member of one class, as members of that particular class, and Y to every member of another class as members of such class, and so on, according to the received language of treatises on Logic. Further let us conceive a class of symbols x, y, z, possessed of the following character. The symbol x operating upon any subject comprehending individuals or classes, shall be supposed to select from that subject all the Xs which it contains. In like manner the symbol y, operating upon any subject, shall be supposed to select from it all individuals of the class Y which are com- prised in it, and so on. When no subject is expressed, we shall suppose 1 (the Universe) to be the subject understood, so that we shall have 40.051 x = x (1), the meaning of either term being the selection from the Universe of all the Xs which it contains, and the result of the operation being in common language, the class X, i.e. the class of which each member is an X . From these premises it will follow, that the product xy will represent, in succession, the selection of the class Y, and the selection from the class Y of such individuals of the class X as are contained in it, the result being the class whose members are both Xs and Fs. . . . From the nature of the operation which the symbols x, y, z, are conceived to represent, we shall designate them as elective symbols. An expression in which they are involved will be called an elective function, and an equation of which the members are elective functions, will be termed an elective equation. . . . 299 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 1st. The result of an act of election is independent of the grouping or classification of the subject. Thus it is indifferent whether from a group of objects considered as a whole, we select the class X, or whether we divide the group into two parts, select the Xs from them separately, and then connect the results in one aggregate conception. We may express this law mathematically by the equation (40.052) x (u + v) = xu + xv, u + v representing the undivided subject, and u and v the component parts of it. 2nd. It is indifferent in what order two successive acts of election are performed. Whether from the class of animals we select sheep, and from the sheep those which are horned, or whether from the class of animals we select the horned, and from these such as are sheep, the result is unaffected. In either case we arrive at the class of horned sheep. The symbolical expression of this law is (40.053) xy = yx. 3rd. The result of a given act of election performed twice, or any number of times in succession, is the result of the same act performed once. . . . Thus we have (40.054) xx = x, or x2 = x: and supposing the same operation to be n times performed, we have (40.055) xn =x, which is the mathematical expression of the law above stated. The laws we have established under . . . symbolical forms . . . are sufficient for the base of a Calculus. From the first of these it appears that elective symbols are distributive, from the second that they are commutative; properties which they possess in common with symbols of quantity, and in virtue of which, all the processes of common algebra are applicable to the present system. The one and sufficient axiom involved in this application is that equivalent operations performed upon equivalent subjects produce equivalent results. The third law ... we shall denominate the index law. It is peculiar to elective symbols. 300 BOOLEAN CALCULUS 2. Applications We now give two examples of the application of these principles in Boole's work. The first concerns the law of contradiction. 40.06 That axiom of metaphysicians which is termed the principle of contradiction, and which affirms that it is impos- sible for any being to possess a quality, and at the same time not to possess it, is a consequence of the fundamental law of thought, whose expression is x2 = x. Let us write this equation in the form (40.061) x-x2 = 0 whence we have (40.062) x(l -x) = 0; (1) both these transformations being justified by the axiomatic laws of contradiction and transposition. . . . Let us for simpli- city of conception, give to the symbol x the particular inter- pretation of men, then 1 - x will represent the class of 'not- men'. . . . Now the formal product of the expressions of two classes represents that class of individuals which is common to them both. . . . Hence x (1 - x) will represent the class whose members are at once 'men', and 'not-men', and the equation (1) thus expresses the principle, that a class whose members are at the same time men and not men does not exist. In other words, that it is impossible for the same individual to be at the same time a man and not a man. Now let the meaning of the symbol x be extended from the representing of 'men', to that of any class of beings characterized by the possession of any quality whatever; and the equation (1) will then express that it is impossible for a being to possess a quality and not to possess that quality at the same time. But this is identically that 'principle of contradiction' which Aristotle has de- scribed as the fundamental axiom of all philosophy. . . . The above interpretation has been introduced not on account of its immediate value in the present system, but as an illustration of a significant fact in the philosophy of the intellectual powers, viz., that what has been commonly re- garded as the fundamental axiom of metaphysics is but the consequence of a law of thought, mathematical in its form. The second example is taken from the application of Boole's methods in the domain of syllogistic. 40.07 The equation by which we express any Proposition concerning the classes X and Y, is an equation between the 301 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC symbols x and y, and the equation by which we express any proposition concerning the classes Y and Z, is an equation between the symbols y and z. If from two such equations we eliminate y, the result, if it do not vanish, will be an equation between x and z, and will be interpretable into a Proposition concerning the classes X and Z. And it will then constitute the third member, or Conclusion, of a Syllogism, of which the two given Propositions are the premises. The result of the elimination of y from the equations ay + b = 0, (14) a' y - b' = 0, is the equation ab' - a' b = 0 (15). 40.08 Ex(ample). AA, Fig. 1, and by mutation of premises (change of order), AA, Fig. 4. All Ys are Xs, y (1 - x) = 0, or (1 - x) y = 0, All Zs are Ys, z (1 - y) = 0, or zy - z = 0. Eliminating y by (15) we have z (1 - x) = 0, All Zs are Xs. In both these texts Boolean methods are being applied to tradi- tional problems, involving logical relationships between two objects (classes, propositions). But the interesting thing about this calculus for our history is that it is applicable to more than two objects, so that it oversteps the limits of the 'classical' logic. An instance is given later (41.03). C. THE LOGICAL SUM The original Boolean calculus had two main defects from the logical point of view, both occasioned by its extreme mathemati- cism; disjunction was treated as exclusive, and there was no symbol to hand for inclusion, though that is fundamental in logic. The first defect was remedied by Jevons, who was strongly opposed to this mathematicism and introduced non-exclusive disjunction. 49.09 There are no such operations as addition and sub- traction in pure logic. . . 40.10 Now addition, subtraction, multiplication, and divi- sion, are alike true as modes of reasoning in numbers, where we have the logical condition of a unit as a constant restriction. But addition and subtraction do not exist, and do not give true results in pure logic, free from the conditions of number. 302 BOOLEAN CALCULUS For instance take the logical proposition - A+B+C=A+D+E meaning what is either A or B or C is either A or D or E, and vice versa. There being no exterior restriction of meaning whatever, except that some terms must always have the same meaning, we do not know which of A, D, E, is B, nor which is C;. . . . The proposition alone gives us no such information. Much clearer is Charles S. Peirce, also an opponent of Boole's mathematicism (1867). He uses an appropriate though still primitive symbolism. 40.11 Let the sign of equality with a comma beneath it express numerical identity. . . . Let a -t b denote all the individuals contained under a and b together. The operation here performed will differ from arithmetical addition in two respects : first, that it has reference to identity, not to equality, and second, that what is common to a and b is not taken into account twice over, as it would be in arithmetic. The first of these differences, however, amounts to nothing, inasmuch as the sign of identity would indicate the distinction in which it is founded; and therefore we may say that (1) If No a is b a -t 6 ^ a + b. It is plain that (2) a -t a f fl and also, that the process denoted by -t, and which I shall call the process of logical addition, is both commutative and associative. That is to say (3) a -b b =? b -t a and (4) (a h? b) -t c 7= a -t (b -t c). This is the third time that non-exclusive disjunction is discovered, cf. Galen (20.18) and Burleigh (30.20). A symbolism quite different from that of mathematics is first met with in Peano (41.20). D. INCLUSION The introduction of the concept of inclusion and a symbol for it has a fairly long history. The modern symbol appears thirty years before Boole's Analysis and quite independently of his calculus in J. D. Gergonne's Essai de dialedique ralionelle, 1816/17. (The parentheses enclosing the italic capitals in this text are Gergonne's.) 303 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC 40.12 We have chosen the signs to characterize these rela- tions in the way which seems best for linking the sign to the thing signified, and this is an endeavour which we think of some importance, however puerile it may appear at first. The letter (H), initial letter of the word Hors (outside) designates the system of two ideas completely outside one another, as are the two vertical strokes of this letter. These two strokes can next be considered as crossed to form the letter (X) intended to recall the system of two ideas which, as it were, somehow intersect. Finally the two strokes can be identified so as to form the letter (/) which we use to represent the system of two ideas which exactly coincide with one another; this letter is, moreover, the initial letter of the word Identity, the denomi- nation suitable to the kind of relation in question. It may also be noted that the three letters (H, X, I) are symmetrical, like the relations they are intended to recall, so that they are not liable to change their appearance by being reversed. But this is not the case with the letter (67) which on being reversed changes into (j); hence we have reserved this letter to recall a relation in which the two ideas play different parts, a relation which is not at all reciprocal. This letter is, moreover, the initial letter common to both of the words Containing and Contained, which well express the relative situation of the two ideas. But it was Charles S. Peirce who in 1870 systematically elaborated the concept of inclusion. 40.13 Inclusion in or being as small as is a transitive relation. The consequence holds that If x-<y, and y — < z, then x — < z. (Footnote) I use the sign — < in place of ^. My reasons for not liking the latter sign are that it cannot be written rapidly enough, and that it seems to represent the relation it expresses as being compounded of two others which in reality are complications of this. It is universally admitted that a higher conception is logically more simple than a lower one under it. Whence it follows from the relations of extension and com- prehension, that in any state of information a broader concept is more simple than a narrower one included under it. Now all equality is inclusion in, but the converse is not true; hence 304 BOOLEAN CALCULUS inclusion in is a wider concept than equality, and therefore logically a simpler one. On the same principle, inclusion is also simpler than being less than. The sign ^ seems to involve a definition by enumeration; and such a definition offends against the laws of definition. Schroder introduces and explains the symbol of inclusion from the start: 40.14 Examples of categorical judgements of the simplest kind are propositions accepted as true in chemistry: 'Gold is metal' - 'Common salt is sodium chloride'. - Even to these we can very easily link the basic contrasts needed in our science. Both statements have the same copula. . . . Yet the factual relation between the subject and predicate of the statement is essentially different in the first and in the second case, insofar as conversely metal is not always gold, while, sodium chloride is also common salt. This difference is not expressed in a way apparent to the eye in the original statements. If it is now desired to exhibit the factual relation between subject and predicate by a relative symbol more exactly than those statements do, a symbol must be chosen for the first example different from that for the second. One might write : gold (^ metal common salt = sodium chloride 40.15 The other symbol Q can be read . . . 'subordinated'. It is called the symbol of subordination and a statement such as aQb, a 'subordination'. The symbol is shaped similarly to, and to some extent in imitation of, the 'inequality symbol' of arithmetic, viz. the symbol < for 'less [than]'. As is well known, this can be read backwards as 'greater', >, and it is easily impressed on the memory together with its meaning if one bears in mind that the symbol broadens from the smaller to the larger value, or points from the larger value towards the smaller. Analogously, our symbol of subordination, when read backwards in the reversed position, ^), i.e. reading again from left to right, will mean ' super ordinate d\ The original subordination may also be written backwards as a superordi- nation' : and this expression means just the same as the original one. 305 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC 40.16 The copula 'is' is sometimes used to express one, sometimes the other of the relations which we have shown by means of the symbols (2 and =. For its exhibition a symbol composed of both the two last, =£, is chiefly recommended, as being immediately, and so to say of itself, intelligible, and readily memorizable. In fullest detail, this symbol is to be read as 'subordinated or equaV . . . . A statement of the form a=C° is called a sub sumption, the symbol =£[ the symbol of sub- sumption. E. PEANO The term of this whole development is to be found in the sym- bolism which Giuseppe Peano published in 1889. This comprises essentially more than the Boolean calculus and at the same time brings the latter to its final form. Its essentials will be given below (41.20). 306 III. PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC §41. PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC: BASIC CONCEPTS AND SYMBOLISM We speak first of the development of proposition-determining functors and other fundamental parts of proposition;! I Logic. This was first formulated, in the modern period of Logic, by Boole - actually as the second possible interpretation of his calculus (1847 . A more exact exposition appears in McColl (1877). Frege's Begrif/s- schrift (1879) marks a new beginning, in this as in so many other regions of formal logic. In connection with Frege's doctrine of implication we give also two important texts from Peirce. Later, Peano (1889) introduced a symbolism which is notably easier to read than Frege's; Russell's displays only inessential variations from it. But the symbolism which Lukasiewicz later constructed, in dependence on Frege, is basically different from Peano's. A. BOOLE We read in the Analysis: 41.01 Of the conditional syllogism there are two, and only two formulae. 1st The constructive, If A is B, then C is D, But A is B, therefore C is D. 2nd The destructive, If A is B, then C is D, But C is not D, therefore A is not B. ... If we examine either of the forms of conditional syllog- ism above given, we shall see that the validity of the argument does not depend upon any considerations which have reference to the terms A, B, C, D, considered as the representatives of individuals or of classes. We may, in fact, represent the Propositions A is B, C is D, by the arbitrary symbols X and Y respectively, and express our syllogisms in such forms as the following : If X is true, then Y is true, But X is true, therefore Y is true. Thus, what we have to consider is not objects and classes of objects, but the truths of Propositions, namely, of those elementary Propositions which are embodied in the terms of our hypothetical premises. 307 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC 41.02 If we confine ourselves to the contemplation of a given proposition X, and hold in abeyance every other conside- ration, then two cases only are conceivable, viz. first that the given Proposition is true, and secondly that it is false. As these cases together make up the Universe of the Proposition, and as the former is determined by the elective symbol x, the latter is determined by the symbol 1 - x. But if other considerations are admitted, each of these cases will be resolvable into others, individually less extensive, the number of which will depend upon the number of foreign considerations admitted. Thus if we associate the Propositions X and y, the total number of conceivable cases will be found as exhibited in the following scheme. Cases Elective expressions 1st X true, y true xy 2nd X true, Y false x (1 -y) 3rd X false, Y true (1 -x) y 4th X false, Y false (l-x){l-y). 41.03 And it is to be noted that however few or many those circumstances may be, the sum of the elective expressions representing every conceivable case will be unity. Thus let us consider the three Propositions. X, It rains, Y, It hails, S, It freezes. The possible cases are the following: Cases Elective expressions 1st It rains, hails, and freezes, xyz 2nd It rains and hails, but does not freeze xy (1 - z) 3rd It rains and freezes, but does not hail xz (1 - y) 4th It freezes and hails, but does not yz (1 - x) rain 5th It rains, but neither hails nor x (1 - y) (1 - z) freezes 6th It hails, but neither rains nor freezes y (1 -x) (1 - z) 7th It freezes, but neither hails nor z (1 - x) (1 - y) rains 8th It neither rains, hails, nor freezes (1 - x) (1 - y) (1 - z) 1 — sum 308 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC 41.04 ... To express that a given Proposition X is true. The symbol 1 - x selects those cases in which the Propo- sition X is false. But if the Proposition is true, there are no such cases in its hypothetical Universe, therefore 1 - x = 0, or x = 1. To express that a given Proposition X is false. The elective symbol x selects all those cases in which the Proposition is true, and therefore if the Proposition is false, x = 6. These principles are then applied just like those of the logic of classes, to syllogistic practice. The similarity of the table of four cases in 41.02 with Philo's matrix of truth-values (20.07) is to be noticed. As has already been said, the Boolean calculus had no symbol for implication, nor yet one for negation; both are introduced by means of more complex formulae. In place of the logical sum, Boole had the notion of exclusive disjunction. Hence it is that propositional logic is made to appear as a discipline co-ordinate with, if not subordinate to, the logic of classes, by contrast to the clear insight possessed by the Stoics and Scholastics into its nature as basic. B. McCOLL Passing over the development that occurred between 1847 and 1877, mainly due to Jevons and Peirce, we now give instead a text from Hugh McGoll (1877) in which propositional logic is emancipated from the calculus of classes, and endowed with all the symbols just mentioned. In a way this text marks the highest level of mathe- matical logic before Frege. 41.05 Definition 1. - Let any symbols, say A, B, C, etc., denote statements [or propositions] registered for con- venience of reference in a table. Then the equation A = 1 asserts that the statement A is true; the equation A = 0 asserts that the statement A is false ; and the equation A = B asserts that A and B are equivalent statements. 41.06 Definition 2. - The symbol A x B x C or ABC denotes a compound statement, of which the statements A, B, C may be called the factors. The equation ABC = 1 asserts that all the three statements are true; the equation ABC = 0 asserts that all the three statements are not true, i.e. that at least one of the three is false. Similarly a com- pound statement of any number of factors may be defined. 309 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC 41.07 Definition 3. - The symbol A + B + C denotes an indeterminate statement, of which the statements A, B, C may be called the terms. The equation A + B + C = 0 asserts that all the three statements are false ; the equation A + B + C = 1 asserts that all the three statements are not false, i.e., that at least one of the three is true. Similarly an indeterminate statement of any number of terms may be defined. 41.08 Definition 4. - The symbol A' is the denial of the statement A. The two statements A and A' are so related that they satisfy the two equations A + A' = 1 and A A ' = 0; that is to say, one of the two statements (either A or A') must be true and the other false. The same symbol {i.e. a dash) will convert any complex statement into its denial. For example, (AB)' is the denial of the compound statement AB. . . . 41.09 Definition 5. - When only one of the terms of an indeterminate statement A + B + C + . . . can be true, or when no two terms can be true at the same time, the terms are said to be mutually inconsistent or mutually exclusive. 41.10 Definition 12. - The symbol A: B [which may be call- ed an implication] asserts that the statement A implies B; or that whenever A is true B is also true. Note. - It is evident that the implication A:B and the equation A = AB are equivalent statements. C. FREGE 1. Content and judgment A new period of propositional logic begins with Gottlob Frege. His first work, the Begriffsschrift of 1879, already contains in brief an unusually clear and thorough presentation of a long series of intuitions unknown to his immediate predecessors, while those already familiar are better formulated. To start with we choose a text relevant rather to semantics than logic, in which this great thinker introduces of his propositional logic with the 'judgment- stroke' : 41.11 A judgment is always to be expressed by means of the sign This stands to the left of the sign or complex of signs in which the content of the judgment is given. If we omit the little vertical stroke at the left end of the horizontal stroke, then 310 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC the judgment is to be transformed into a mere complex of ideas; the author is not expressing his recognition or non- recognition of the truth of this. Thus, let I— A mean the judgment: 'unlike magnetic poles attract one another'. In that case A will not express this judgment; it will be intended just to produce in the reader the idea of the mutual attraction of unlike magnetic poles - so that, e.g., he may make inferences from this thought and test its correctness on the basis of these. In this case we qualify the expression with the words 'the circumstance thaf or 'the proposition lhal\ Not every content can be turned into a judgment by prefixing | — to a symbol for the content; e.g., the idea 'house' cannot. Hence we distinguish contents that are, and contents that are not, possible contents of judgment. As a constituent of the sign | — the horizontal stroke combines the symbols following it into a whole; assertion, which is expressed by the vertical stroke at the left end of the horizontal one, relates to the whole thus formed. The horizontal stroke I wish to call the content-stroke, and the vertical the judgment-stroke. The content-stroke is also to serve the purpose of relating any sign whatsoever to the whole formed by the symbols following the stroke. The content of what follows the content-stroke must always be a possible content of judgment. 2. Implication Frege then introduces the Philonian concept of implication, though, unlike Peirce (41.14) he knows nothing in this connection of Philo or the Scholastics. It is remarkable that he proceeds almost exactly like Philo. 41.12 If A and B stand for possible contents of judgment, we have the four following possibilities : (i) A affirmed, B affirmed; (ii) A affirmed, B denied; (iii) A denied, B affirmed; (iv) A denied, B denied. l— B stands for the judgment that the third possibility is not 311 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC realized, but one of the other three is. Accordingly, the denial of l— B is an assertion that the third possibility is realized, i.e. that A is denied and B affirmed. From among the cases where •— B is affirmed, the following may be specially emphasized: (1) A is to be affirmed. - In this case the content of B is quite indifferent. Thus, let i — A mean: 3 x 7 = 31 ; let £ stand for the circumstance of the sun's shining. Here only the first two cases out of the four mentioned above are possible. A causal connection need not exist between the two contents. (2) B is to be denied. - In this case the content of A is indifferent. E.g., let B stand for the circumstance of perpetual motion's being possible, and A for the circumstance of the world's being infinite. Here only the second and fourth of the four cases are possible. A causal connection between A and B need not exist. (3) One may form the judgment l— B without knowing whether A and B are to be affirmed or denied. E.g., let B stand for the circumstance of the Moon's being in quadrature with the Sun, and A the circumstance of her appearing semi-circular. In this case we may render l— B by means of the conjunction 'if; 'if the Moon is in quadrature with the Sun, then she appears semi-circular'. The causal connection implicit in the word 'if is, however, not expressed by our symbolism; although a judgment of this sort can be made only on the ground of such a connection. For this con- nection is something general, and as yet we have no expression for generality. The text needs some explanations. First, Frege uses A1 for the consequent and ' B' for the antecedent - contrary to ordinary usage, but like Aristotle; so the antecedent stands in the lower place. So 312 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC the schema excludes only the case where the antecedent (B) is true and the consequent (A) is false; in all the other three cases the proposition is true. Thus we have just the same state of affairs as in Philo (20.07): the schema is a symbol of Philonian implication. It signifies 'if B, then A1 in the Philonian sense of 'if. Important is the stress laid on the fact that implication has nothing to do with the causal connection between the facts signified by the antecedent and consequent. . D. PEIRCE Philonian implication alone continued to be used in mathematical logic up to 1918 - unlike usage in the Stoic and Scholastic periods. One of the best justifications of this concept which seems so odd to the man in the street, is to be found in a fairly late text of Peirce's, dated 1902. 41.13 To make the matter clear, it will be well to begin by defining the meaning of a hypothetical proposition, in general. What the usages of language may be does not concern us; language has its meaning modified in technical logical for- mulae as in other special kinds of discourse. The question is what is the sense which is most usefully attached to the hypothetical proposition in logic ? Now, the peculiarity of the hypothetical proposition is that it goes out beyond the actual state of things and declares what would happen were things other than they are or may be. The utility of this is that it puts us in possession of a rule, say that 'if A is true, B is true', such that should we hereafter learn something of which we are now ignorant, namely that A is true, then by virtue of this rule, we shall find that we know something else, namely, that B is true. There can be no doubt that the Possible, in its primary meaning, is that which may be true for aught we know, that whose falsity we do not know. The purpose is subserved, then, if throughout the wrhole range of possibility, in every state of things in which A is true, B is true too. The hypothetical proposition may therefore be falsified by a single state of things, but only by one in which A is true while B is false. States of things in which A is false, as well as those in which B is true, cannot falsify it. If, then, B is a proposition true in every case throughout the whole range of possibility, the hypothetical proposition, taken in its logical sense, ought to be regarded as true, whatever may be the 313 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC usage of ordinary speech. If, on the other hand, A is in no case true, throughout the range of possibility, it is a matter of indifference whether the hypothetical be understood to be true or not, since it is useless. But it will be more simple to class it among true propositions, because the cases in which the antecedent is false do not, in any other case, falsify a hypothetical. This, at any rate, is the meaning which I shall attach to the hypothetical proposition in general, in this paper. Also of interest is the following remark of the same logician (1896): 41.14 Although the Philonian views lead to such incon- veniences as that it is true, as a consequence de inesse, that if the Devil were elected president of the United States, it would prove highly conducive to the spiritual welfare of the people (because he will not be elected), yet both Professor Schroder and I prefer to build the algebra of relatives upon this conception of the conditional proposition. The incon- venience, after all, ceases to seem important, when we reflect that, no matter what the conditional proposition be under- stood to mean, it can always be expressed by a complexus of Philonian conditionals and denials of conditionals. E. APPLICATIONS OF HIS SYMBOLISM BY FREGE Some examples of the applications of Frege's implication-schema will make his main ideas clearer. 41.15 The vertical stroke joining the two horizontal ones is to be called the conditional-stroke. . . . Hence it is easy to see that I rA ]— B — r denies the case in which A is denied, B and V are affirmed. This must be thought of as compounded of ,4 and/1 just as 314 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC "TZb is from A and B. Thus we first have the denial of the case in which is denied, Y is affirmed. But the denial of signifies that A is denied and B is affirmed. Thus we obtain what is given above. 41.16 From the explanation given in § 5 (41.12) it is obvious that from the two judgments | — , — A and I — B \—B there follows the new judgment i — A. Of the four cases enumerated above, the third is excluded by \—B and the second and fourth by : \— B, so that only the first remains. 41.17 Let now X for example signify the judgment I— B — or one which j — , — A contains as a particular case. Then I— B I write the inference thus: \— B (X): I— A. Here it is left to the reader to put together the judgment ]— B from | — B and | — A, and see that it tallies with the cited judgment X. 315 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC F. NEGATION AND SUM IN FREGE Frege uses the same schemata, together with the 'negation-stroke', to express the logical sum. 41.18 If a small vertical stroke is attached to the lower side of the content-stroke, this shall express the circumstance of the content's not being the case. Thus, e.g., the meaning of h-r- A: is: 'A is not the case'. I call this small vertical stroke the negation-stroke. 41.19 We now deal with some cases where the symbols of conditionality and negation are combined. \—B means : 'the case in which B is to be affirmed and the negation of A is to be denied does not occur'; in other words, 'the possibility of affirming both A and B does not exist', or A and B are mutually exclusive'. Thus only the three following cases remain: A affirmed, B denied; A denied, B affirmed; A denied, B denied. From what has already been said, it is easy to determine the meaning possessed by each of the three parts of the horizontal stroke preceding A. means: 'the case in which A is denied and negation of B is affirmed does not exist'; or, lA and B cannot both be denied'. There remain only the following possibilities : A affirmed, B affirmed; A affirmed, B denied; A denied, B affirmed. A and B between them exhaust all possibilities. Now the words 'or', 'either - or', are used in two ways. In its first meaning, means just the same as 316 A or B' A B, PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC i. e. that nothing besides A and B is thinkable. E.g., if a gaseous mass is heated, then either its volume or its pressure increases. Secondly, the expression lA or B' may combine the meaning of 1 F" A and that of [~T~ A — B 4" B so that (i) there is no third possibility besides A and B, (ii) A and B are mutually exclusive. In that case only the following two possibilities remain out of the four: A affirmed, B denied; A denied, B affirmed. Of these two uses of the expression 'A or J3' the more impor- tant is the first, which does not exclude the coexistence of A and B; and we shall use the word lor' with this meaning. Perhaps it is suitable to distinguish between 'or' and 'either - or', regarding only the latter as having the subsidiary meaning of mutual exclusion. G.PEANO'S SYMBOLISM FOR PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC Frege's symbolism has the unusual feature of being two-dimen- sional. In that it diverges from the historical practice of mankind which has almost always expressed its thoughts in one-dimensional writing. It must be admitted that this revolutionary novelty has much to be said for it - it notably widens the expressive possibilities of writing. But this was too revolutionary; Frege's symbolism did not prove generally intelligible, and the subsequent development took place in another direction. Schroder made no reference to it in 1892, Russell admitted in 1903 that he had learned much from Frege when he had met his system, but not having known it he followed Peano. Modern mathematical logic, though its authors have less depth of thought than Frege, has adopted Peano's symbolism. For this reason we quote a text from Peano's Arithmetices Principia (1889) in which he lays down this intuitively clear and meaningful symbolism for propositional logic. 41.20 I. Concerning punctuation By the letters a, b, ... x, y, ... x', y' ... we indicate any undetermined beings. Determined beings we indicate by the signs or letters P, K, N. . . . For the most part we shall write signs on one and the same line. To make clear the order in which they are to be con- joined we use parentheses as in algebra, or dots .:/.:: etc. 317 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC That a formula divided by dots may be understood, first the signs which are separated by no dots are to be collected, afterwards those separated by one dot, then those by two dots, etc. E.g. let a, 6, c, . . . be any signs. Then ab • cd signifies (ab)(cd) ; and ab . cd : ef . gh .-. k signifies (((ab) (cd)) ((ef) (gh))) k. Signs of punctuation may be omitted if there are formulae with different punctuation but the same sense; or if only one formula, and that the one we wish to write, has the sense. To avoid danger of ambiguity we never make use of . : as signs of arithmetical operations. The only form of parentheses is (). If dots and paren- theses occur in the same formula, signs contained in paren- theses are to be collected first. //. Concerning propositions By the sign P is signified a proposition. The sign r» is read and. If a, b are propositions; then a r» b is the simultaneous affirmation of the propositions a, b. For the sake of brevity we shall commonly write ab in place of a n b. The sign - is read not. Let abeaP; then -a is the negation of the proposition a. The sign w is read or (vet). Let a, b be propositions; then a v b is the same as - \-a.-b. [By the sign V is signified verum or identity; but we never use this sign.] The sign A signifies falsum or absurdum. [The sign C signifies is a consequence; thus bCa is read b is a consequence of the proposition a. But we never use this sign.] The sign j signifies is deduced (deducitur) : thus a j b signi- fies the same as bCa. H. LATER DEVELOPMENT OF SYMBOLISM FOR PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC Peano's successors introduced only minor alterations to his symbolism. First Russell (1903), who writes 'v' instead of 'w', and l~ instead of '-', then Hilbert and Ackermann (1928) who write a stroke over a letter for negation, and 'oo' for the equivalence- 318 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC sign ' = ' of Frege and Russell. M. H. ShefTer (1928) introduced '|' as a sign for 'not both'. The Polish school, on the other hand, developed two symbolic languages essentially different from Peano's; those of St. Lesniewski and J. Lukasiewicz. We shall not go into the first, which is peculiar and little used, but the symbolism of Lukasiewicz deserves brief exposition, both for its originality and its exactness. The essential feature is that all predicates (called by Lukasiewicz 'functors'; stand in front of their arguments; thus all brackets and dots are dispensed with, without any ambiguity arising. The various sets of symbols may be compared thus: McColl A' + x : ' = Peano -P w r\ D = Russell r+~>p V . D = Hilbert A & -> CO Lukasiewicz Np A K c E D [i.e.NK) Thus Lukasiewicz writes 'Cpq' for 'p d q\ and lApq' for 'p v q' . An example of a more complex formula is 'CCpqCNqNp' instead of 'p D q . D . ^ q D r*** p\ §42. FUNCTION, VARIABLE, TRUTH-VALUE While nearly everything mentioned so far is within the scope of Stoic and Scholastic logic - though the new logicians knew hardly anything of the achievements of their predecessors, - the concepts of function, variable, and truth-value, without effecting anything radi- cally new, yet produce so marked a development of the old concept of logical form as to deserve distinct and thorough treatment. After an introductory quotation from De Morgan (1858) con- cerning logical form in general, we give Frege's fundamental text on the concept of function (1893), the explanation and development of Frege's thought from Russell and the Principia (1903 and 1910), and finally the extension of the concept of function to many-place functions by Peirce (1892) and Frege (1893). For the doctrine of the variable in mathematical logic we have a quotation from Frege's Begriffsschrift (1879) and Russell's elaboration of the ideas therein (1903 and 1910). As to truth-values, two texts from Frege (1893) and one from Peirce (1885) are to hand. In conclusion we exhibit some examples of modern truth-matrices (truth-tables, tables of truth-values), by which propositional func- tors are defined, taking these from Peirce (1902) and Wittgenstein (1921); the decision procedure based on them is illustrated from Kotarbinski (1929). 319 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC A. LOGICAL FORM An important text of De Morgan's make a fitting start. It dates from 1858, and shows a very clear idea of logical form. It may be compared with Buridan's definition of logical form (26.12): the thought is the same, but more developed, in that abstraction is made from the sense of the logical constants. 42.01 In the following chain of propositions, there is exclusion of matter, form being preserved, at every step: - Hypothesis (Positively true) Every man is animal Every man is Y Y has existence Every X is Y X has existence Every X Y is a transitive relation a of X Y a a fraction < or = 1 (Probability p) (3 of X Y pa fraction < or = 1 The last is nearly the purely formal judgment, with not a single material point about it, except the transitiveness of the copula. But 'is' is more intense than the symbol , which means only transitive copula: for 'is' has transitiveness, and more. Strike out the word transitive, and the last line shews the pure form of the judgment. The foregoing table is to be understood in the sense that the conditions formulated in one row, hold for all subsequent rows; thus, e.g., the relation shown by the stroke (' ') in the two last rows must be transitive, since this is laid down in the preceding row. Neither De Morgan nor any other logician can remain at so high a level of abstraction as is here achieved. Basically, this is a re- discovery of the scholastic concept of form, made through a broaden- ing of the mathematical concept of function, for which we refer to Peirce (42.02) and Frege. B. CONCEPT OF FUNCTION: FREGE We now give Frege's fundamental text (1893): 42.03 If we are asked to state what the word 'function' as used in mathematics originally stood for, we easily fall into saying that a function of x is an expression formed, by means of the notations for sum, product, power, difference, and so on, out of V and definite numbers. This attempt at a definition is not successful because a function is here said to 320 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC be an expression, a combination of signs, and not what the combination designates. Accordingly another attempt would be made: we could try 'reference of an expression' instead of 'expression'. There now appears the letter V which indicates a number, not as the sign '2' does, but indefinitely. For different numerals which we put in the place of V, we get, in general, a different reference. Suppose, e.g., that in the expression '(2 + 3 • x2) x\ instead of '#' we put the number- signs '0', '1', '2', '3', one after the other; we then get corres- pondingly as the reference of the expression the numbers 0, 5, 28, 87. Not one of the numbers so referred to can claim to be our function. The essence of the function comes out rather in the correspondence established between the numbers whose signs we put for V and the numbers which then appear as the reference of our expression - a correspondence which is represented intuitively by the course of the curve whose equation is, in rectangular co-ordinates, 'y = (2 + 3. x2) x\ In general, then, the essence of the function lies in the part of the expression which is there over and above the lx\ The expression of a function needs completion, is 'unsaturated' . The letter lx' only serves to keep places open for a numerical sign to be put in and complete the expression; and thus it enables us to recognize the special kind of need for a completion that constitutes the peculiar nature of the function symbolized above. In what follows, the Greek letter %' will be used instead of the letter V. This 'keeping open' is to be understood in this way: All places in which '£' stands must always be filled by the same sign and never by different ones. I call these places argument-places, and that whose sign or name takes these places in a given case I call the argument of the function for this case. The function is completed by the argument: I call what it becomes on completion the value of the function for the argument. We thus get a name of the value of a func- tion for an argument when we fill the argument-places in the name of the function with the name of the argument. Thus, e.g., '(2 + 3 . I2) 1' is name of the number 5, composed of the function-name '(2 + 3 . £2) £' and '1'. The argument is not to be reckoned in with the function, but serves to complete the function, which is 'unsaturated' by itself. When in the sequel an expression like 'the function O (£)' is used, it is always to be observed that the only service rendered by '£' in the symbol for the function is that it makes the argument-places recogniz- 321 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC able; it does not imply that the essence of the function becomes changed when any other sign is substituted for '£'. The following remarks will assist understanding of this pioneer passage. In mathematical usage the word 'function' has two refer- ences, usually not very clearly distinguished. On the one hand it stands for an expression (formula) in which a variable occurs, on the other for the 'correspondence between numbers' for which such an expression stands, and so for some kind of lecton or in general, for that for which the expression stands, (which in any case is not a written symbol). Frege makes a sharp distinction between these two references, and allows only the second to the word 'function' - conformably with his general position that logic (and mathematics) has as its object not symbols but what they stand for. It is important to understand this, because Russell and nearly all logicians after him will speak of expressions and formulae as 'functions', unlike Frege. However, this opposition is irrelevant to the basic logical problems considered here. Frege, too, makes use of analysis of expressions to convey his thought, and what he states in the text just quoted, holds good for every interpretation of the word 'function'. He intro- duces, namely, three fundamental concepts: 1. of the argument and argument-place, 2. of a value, 3. of an 'unsaturated' function, i.e. one containing a variable. C. PROPOSITIONAL FUNCTION: RUSSELL Russell who knew the work of Frege well, followed his ideas but with some divergences. He seems to start from the Aristotelian concept of proposition rather than from the mathematical concept of function, and as already said, apparently interprets the word 'function' as the name of an expression or written formula. In the Principles (1903) he writes: 42.04 It has always been customary to divide propositions into subject and predicate; but this division has the defect of omitting the verb. It is true that a graceful concession is sometimes made by loose talk about the copula, but the verb deserves far more respect than is thus paid to it. We may say, broadly, that every proposition may be divided, some in only one way, some in several ways, into a term (the subject) and something which is said about the subject, which some- thing I shall call the assertion. Thus 'Socrates is a man' may be divided into Socrates and is a man. The verb, which is the distinguishing mark of propositions, remains with the asser- tion; but the assertion itself, being robbed of its subject, is neither true nor false. . . . 322 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC If this text is compared with 12.01 and similar passages in Aris- totle, it can be seen that Russell here opts for the original Aristotelian analysis of propositions against that of the later 'classical' logic. In this connection he seems to have been the first to formulate expressly the idea that when the subject is replaced by a variable, the resulting formula - the propositional function is no longer a proposition. The same problem is still more explicitly treated in the Principia: 42.05 By a 'propositional function' we mean something which contains a variable x, and expresses a proposition as soon as a value is assigned to x. That is to say, it differs from a proposition solely by the fact that it is ambiguous: it contains a variable of which the value is unassigned. . . . 42.06 The question as to the nature of a function is by no means an easy one. It would seem, however, that the essential characteristic of a function is ambiguity. Take, for example, the law of identity in the form lA is A\ which is the form in which it is usually enunciated. It is plain that, regarded psychologically, we have here a single judgment. But what are we to say of the object of judgment? We are not judging that Socrates is Socrates, nor that Plato is Plato, nor any other of the definite judgments that are instances of the law of identity. Yet each of these judgments is, in a sense, within the scope of our judgment. We are in fact judging an ambi- guous instance of the propositional function 'A is A'. We appear to have a single thought which does not have a definite object, but has as its object an undetermined one of the values of the function 'A is A'. It is this kind of ambiguity that constitutes the essence of a function. When we speak of lyx', where x is not specified, we mean one value of the function, but not a definite one. We may express this by saying that 'yx' ambiguously denotes cpa, 96, cpc, etc., where cpa, 96, 9c, etc. are the various values of lyx'. D. MANY-PLACE FUNCTIONS Perhaps even more important than the broadening of the concept of function to include non-mathematical domains, is the extension to many-place functions achieved by Frege and Peirce. The resulting extension of the Aristotelian subject-predicate schema is something quite new in formal logic. Our first text is Peirce's (1892) : 42.07 If upon a diagram we mark two or more points to be identified at some future time with objects in nature, so as 323 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC to give the diagram at that future time its meaning; or if in any written statement we put dashes in place of two or more demonstratives or pro-demonstratives, the professedly incom- plete representation resulting may be termed a relative rhema. It differs from a relative term only in retaining the 'copula', or signal of assertion. If only one demonstrative or pro-demon- strative is erased, the result is a non-relative rhema. For example, ' buys from for the price of ', is a relative rhema; it differs in a merely secondary way from ' is bought by from for ' , from ' sells --- to for ', and from ' is paid by to for '. On the other hand, ' is mortal' is a non-relative rhema. 42.08 A rhema is somewhat closely analogous to a chemical atom or radicle with unsaturated bonds. A non-relative rhema is like a univalent radicle; it has but one unsaturated bond. A relative rhema is like a multivalent radicle. The blanks of a rhema can only be filled by terms, or, what is the same thing, by 'something which' (or the like) followed by a rhema; or, two can be filled together by means of 'itself or the like. So, in chemistry, unsaturated bonds can only be saturated by joining two of them, which will usually, though not necessarily, belong to different radicles. If two univalent radicles are united, the result is a saturated compound. So, two non-relative rhemas being joined give a complete propo- sition. Thus, to join ' is mortal' and 'is a man', we have 'A is mortal and AT is a man', or some man is mortal. So likewise, a saturated compound may result from joining two bonds of a bivalent radicle; and, in the same way, the two blanks of a dual rhema may be joined to make a complete proposition. Thus, ' loves ', 'A loves A', or something loves itself. Frege, a year later, writes in the same sense: 42.09 So far we have only spoken of functions of one argument; but we can easily make the transition to func- tions with two arguments. These need a double completion in that after a completion by one argument has been effected, a function with one argument is obtained. Only after another completion do we reach an object, which is then called the value of the function for the two arguments. Just as we made 324 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC use of the letter '£' for functions with one argument, so we now use the letters '£' and %' to express the twofold unsaturatedness of functions with two arguments, as in '(<; + £)2 + £\ In substituting, e.g., '1' for '£' we saturate the function to the extent that in (§ + l)2 + 1 we are left with a function with only one argument. This way of using the letters '£' and '£' must always be kept in view when an expression such as 'the function T (£, £)' occurs (cf. 42.03). ... I call the places in which '£' appears, ^-argument-places, and those in which '£' appears, ^-argument- places. I say that the ^-argument- places are mutually cognate and similarly the ^-argument- places, while I call a ^-argument-place not cognate to a £- argument-place. The functions with two arguments \ = £ and \ > £ always have a truth-value as value [at least when the signs '=' and '>' are appropriately explained]. For our purposes we shall call such functions relations. E.g., 1 stands to 1 in the first relation, and generally every object to itself, while 2 stands to 1 in the second relation. We say that the object T stands to the object A in the relation T (£, ?) if Y (I\ A) is the True. Similarly we say that the object A falls under the con- cept O (£), if O (A) is the True. It is naturally presupposed here, that the function O (£) always has a truth-value. (Foot- note of Frege' s : A difficulty occurs which can easily obscure the true state of affairs and so cast doubt on the correctness of my conception. When we compare the expression 'the truth- value of this, that A falls under the concept O (£)' with 'O (A)', we see that to '® ( )' there properly corresponds 'the truth-value of this, that ( ) falls under the concept O (£)' and not 'the concept O (£)'. Thus the last words do not properly signify a concept [in our sense], though the form of speech makes it seem as if they do. As to the difficulty in which language thus finds itself, cf. my paper On Concept and Object.) E. THE VARIABLE 1. Frege Variables, introduced by Aristotle, were subsequently regularly used both in logic and mathematics. A reflective concept of variable is already to be found in Alexander of Aphrodisias (24.08V In mathematical logic the concept of variable is first explicitly intro- duced by Frege. 325 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC 42.10 The symbols used in the general theory of magnitude fall into two kinds. The first consists of the letters ; each letter represents either an indeterminate number or an indeter- minate function. This indeterminateness makes it possible to express by means of letters the general validity of propositions ; e.g.: [a + b) c = ac + be. The other kind contains such symbols as +, — , V, 0, 1, 2; each of these has its own proper meaning. / adopt this fundamental idea of distinguishing two kinds of symbols (which unfortunately is not strictly carried out in the theory of magnitude - footnote of Frege's: Consider the symbols 1, log, sin, Lim. -) in order to make it generally applicable in the wider domain of pure thought. Accordingly, I divide all the symbols I use into those that can be taken to mean various things and those that have a fully determinate sense. The first kind are letters, and their main task is to be the expression of generality. For all their indeterminateness, it must be laid down that a letter retains in a given context the meaning once given to it. 2. Russell 42.12 The idea of a variable, as it occurs in the present work, is more general than that which is explicitly used in ordinary mathematics. In ordinary mathematics, a variable generally stands for an undetermined number or quantity. In mathematical logic, any symbol whose meaning is not deter- minate is called a variable, and the various determinations of which its meaning is susceptible are called the values of the variable. The values may be any set of entities, propositions, functions, classes or relations, according to circumstances. If a statement is made about 'Mr A and Mr B\ 'Mr A' and 'Mr BJ are variables whose values are confined to men. A variable may either have a conventionally-assigned range of values, or may (in the absence of any indication of the range of values) have as the range of its values all determinations which render the statement in which it occurs significant. Thus when a text-book of logic asserts that lA is A', without any indication as to what A may be, what is meant is that any statement of the form 'A is A' is true. We may call a variable restricted when its values are confined to some only of those of which it is capable ; otherwise we shall call it unrestricted. Thus when an unrestricted variable occurs, it represents any 326 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC object such that the statement concerned can be made significantly (i.e. either truly or falsely) concerning that object. For the purposes of logic, the unrestricted variable is more convenient than the restricted variable, and we shall always employ it. We shall find that the unrestricted variable is still subject to limitations imposed by the manner of its occurrence, i.e. things which can be said significantly con- cerning a proposition cannot be said significantly concerning a class or a relation, and so on. But the limitations to which the unrestricted variable is subject do not need to be explic- itly indicated, since they are the limits of significance of the statement in which the variable occurs, and are therefore intrinsically determined by this statement. This will be more fully explained later. To sum up, the three salient facts connected with the use of the variables are: (1) that a variable is ambiguous in its denotation and accordingly undefined; (2) that a variable preserves a recognizable identity in various occurrences throughout the same context, so that many variables can occur together in the same context each with its separate identity; and (3) that either the range of possible determina- tions of two variables may be the same, so that a possible determination of one variable is also a possible determination of the other, or the ranges of two variables may be different, so that, if a possible determination of one variable is given to the other, the resulting complete phrase is meaningless instead of becoming a complete unambiguous proposition (true or false) as would be the case if all variables in it had been given any suitable determinations. F. TRUTH-VALUES Truth-values, which are of great importance in formal logic, form a special kind of value. The idea is already present in the Megarian school (20.07), but its expression and first description comes from Frege. His doctrine is linked to his own semantics, according to which every proposition is a name for truth or falsity, and in this he has not been generally followed, but the concept of truth-value has been accepted by all. We give first a text of Frege's : 42.13 But that indicates at the same time that the domain of values for functions cannot remain limited to numbers ; for if 327 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC I take as arguments of the function £2 = 4 the numbers 0,1,2, 3, in succession, I do not get numbers. '02 = 4', '12 = 4', '22 = 4', '32 = 4'5 are expressions now of true, now of false thoughts. I express this by saying that the value of the function £2 = 4 is the truth-value either of what is true or of what is false. From this it can be seen that I do not intend to assert any- thing by merely writing down an equation, but that I only designate a truth-value; just as I do not intend to assert anything by simply writing down '22' but only designate a number. I say: The names '22 =4' and '3 >2' stand for the same truth-value' which I call for short the True. In the same manner '32 = 4' and '1 > 2' stand for the same truth-value, which I call for short the False, just as the name '22' stands for the number 4. Accordingly I say that the number 4 is the reference of '4' and of '22', and that the True is the reference of '3 > 2'. But I distinguish the sense of a name from its reference. The names '22' and ' 2+ 2' have not the same sense, nor have '22 = 4' and '2 + 2 = 4'. The sense of the name for a truth-value I call a thought. I say further that a name expresses is its sense, and what it stands for is its reference. I designate by a name that which it stands for. The function £2 = 4 can thus have only two values, the True for the arguments + 2 and - 2 and the False for all other arguments. Also the domain of what is admitted as argument must be extended - indeed, to objects quite generally. Objects stand opposed to functions. I therefore count as an object everything that is not a function: thus, examples of objects are numbers, truth-values, and the ranges to be introduced further on. The names of objects - or proper names - are not therefore accom- panied by argument-places, but are 'saturated', like the objects themselves. 42.14 I use the words, 'the function 0(5) has the same range as the function Y(5)', to stand for the same thing as the words, 'the functions 0(5) and T(£) have the same value for the same arguments'. This is the case with the functions 52 = 4 and 3.£2 = 12, at least if numbers are taken as argu- ments. But we can further imagine the signs of evolution and multiplication defined in such a manner that the function (52 = 4) = (3.£2 = 12) has the True as its value for any argument whatever. Here an expression of logic may also be used: 'The concept square root of 4 has the same extension as 328 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC the concept something whose square when trebled makes 12\ With those functions whose value is always a truth-value we can therefore say 'extension of the concept' instead of 'range of the function', and it seems suitable to say that a concept is a function whose value is always a truth-value. Independently of Frege, Peirce developed similar thoughts in 1885. His treatment of truth-values is more formalistic and not tied to any particular semantic theory. However, this formalism enabled him to formulate one which seems to qualify him to be regarded as a precursor of many-valued logics. 42.15 According to ordinary logic, a proposition is either true or false, and no further distinction is recognized. This is the descriptive conception, as the geometers say; the metric conception would be that every proposition is more or less false, and that the question is one of amount. At present we adopt the former view. 42.16 Let propositions be represented by quantities. Let v and f be two constant values, and let the value of the quan- tity representing a proposition be v if the proposition is true and be f if the proposition is false. Thus, x being a proposition, the fact that x is either true or false is written (x - f) (v - x) = 0. So (x - f) (v - g) = 0 will mean that either x is false or y is true. . . . 42.17 We are, thus, already in possession of a logical notation, capable of working syllogism. Thus, take the premisses, 'if x is true, y is true', and 'if y is true, z is true'. These are written (x - f) (v - g) = 0 (y - f) (v - z) = 0. Multiply the first by (v - z) and the second by [x - f) and add. We get (x - I) (v - f) (v - z) = 0, or dividing by v - f, which cannot be 0, (x - f) (v - z) = 0; and this states the syllogistic conclusion, 'if x is true, z is true'. 42.18 But this notation shows a blemish in that it express- es propositions in two distinct ways, in the form of quan- tities, and in the form of equations; and the quantities are 329 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC of two kinds, namely those which must be either equal to f or to v, and those which are equated to zero. To remedy this, let us discard the use of equations, and perform no operations which can give rise to any values other than f and v. 42.19 Of operations upon a simple variable, we shall need but one. For there are but two things that can be said about a single proposition, by itself; that it is true and that it is false, x = v and x = f. The first equation is expressed by x itself, the second by any function, 9, of x, fulfilling the conditions cpv = f <pf = v. This simplest solution of these equations is yx = i + v - x. G. TRUTH-MATRICES 1. Peirce The standpoint revealed in the last text comes near to defining propositional functors by means of truth-values. Tabular definitions of this kind have already been met with in the Stoic-Megarian school (20.07 ff.), later on in Boole, though without explicit reference to truth-values, and finally in Frege's Begriffsschrift (41.12). Peirce has the notion quite explicitly, and in connection, moreover, with ancient logic, in 1880: 42.20 There is a small theorem about multitude that it will be convenient to have stated, and the reader will do well to fix it in his memory correctly. ... If each of a set of m objects be connected with some one of a set of n objects, the possible modes of connection of the sets will number nm. Now an assertion concerning the value of a quantity either admits as possible or else excludes each of the values v and f. Thus, v and f form the set m objects each connected with one only of n objects, admission and exclusion. Hence there are, nm , or 22, or 4, different possible assertions concerning the value of any quantity, x. Namely, one assertion will simply be a form of assertion without meaning, since it admits either value. It is represented by the letter, x. Another assertion will violate the hypothesis of dichotomies by excluding both values. It may be represented by x. Of the remaining two, one will admit v and exclude f, namely x; the other will admit f and exclude v, namely x. 330 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC Now, let us consider assertions conce- rning the values of two quantities, xand y. Here there are two quantities, each of which has one only of two values; so that there are 22, or 4, possible states of things, as shown in this diagram. Above the line, slanting upwards to the right, are placed the cases in which x is v; below it, those in which x is f. Above the line but slanting downward to the right, are placed the cases in which y is v; below it, those in which y is f. Now in each possible assertion each of these states of things is either admitted or excluded ; but not both. Thus m will be 22, while n will be 2; and there will be nm, or 22, or 16, possible assertions. . . . Of three quantities, there are 23, or 8, possible sets of values, and consequently 28, or 256, different forms of propo- sitions. Of these, there are only 38 which can fairly be said to be expressible by the signs [used in a logic of two quantities]. It is true that a majority of the others might be expressed by two or more propositions. But we have not, as yet, expressly adopted any sign for the operation of compounding propo- sitions. Besides, a good many propositions concerning three quantities cannot be expressed even so. Such, for example, is the statement which admits the following sets of values : x y z V V V V f f i V f i f V Moreover, if we were to introduce signs for expressing [each of] these, of which we should need 8, even allowing the composition of assertions, still 16 more would be needed to express all propositions concerning 4 quantities, 32 for 5, and so on, ad infinitum. 2. Wittgenstein The same doctrine was systematically elaborated about 1920 by J. Lukasiewicz, E. L. Post and L. Wittgenstein. We give the relevant text from the last: 42.21. With regard to the existence of n atomic facts there 331 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC are Kn = 2 ( ) possibilities. It is possible for all combinations of atomic facts to exist, and the others not to exist. 42.22 To these combinations correspond the same number of possibilities of the truth - and falsehood - of n elementary propositions. 42.23 The truth-possibilities of the elementary propositions mean the possibilities of the existence and non-existence of the atomic facts. 42.24 The truth-possibilities can be presented by schemata of the following kind ('T' means 'true, lF' 'false'. The rows of T's and F's under the row of the elementary propositions mean their truth-possibilities in an easily intelligible sym- bolism). P q r T T T F T T ~T~ F _T T T F F~ F ~f F T F T F F F F F p <L T T F T T F F F 42.25 . . . The truth-possibilities of the elementary propo- sitions are the conditions of the truth and falsehood of the propositions. 42.26 It seems probable even at first sight that the intro- duction of the elementary propositions is fundamental for the comprehension of the other kinds of propositions. Indeed the comprehension of the general propositions depends palpably on that of the elementary propositions. 42.27 With regard to the agreement and disagreement of a proposition with the truth-possibilites of n elementary Kn (K \ propositions there are 2 ( n) = Ln possibilities. 42.28 . . . Thus e.g. 332 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC p q T T T F T T r F F F T is a prepositional sign. 42.29 . . . Among the possible groups of truth-conditions there are two extreme cases. In the one case the proposition is true for all the truth- possibilities of the elementary propositions. We say that the truth-conditions are tautological. In the second case the proposition is false for all the truth- possibilities. The truth-conditions are self-contradictory. In the first case we call the proposition a tautology, in the second case a contradiction. 42.30 The proposition shows what it says, the tautology and the contradiction that they say nothing. The tautology has no truth-conditions, for it is uncondi- tionally true; and the contradiction is on no condition true. Tautology and contradiction are without sense. (Like the point from which two arrows go out in opposite directions.) (I know, e.g. nothing about the weather, when I know that it rains or does not rain.) 42.31 Tautology and contradiction are, however, not nonsensical; they are part of the symbolism, in the same way that '0' is part of the symbolism of Arithmetic. The name 'tautology' and the last quotation show the peculiar (extremely nominalist) tendency underlying Wittgenstein's semantic views. It is diametrically opposed to Frege's tendency and from his point of view misleading. H. DECISION PROCEDURE OF LUKASIEWICZ The tables of values constructed in the texts just cited provide a decision procedure for propositional functions, i.e. a procedure which enables one to decide whether a function is a logical law (whether it becomes a true proposition for every correct substitution). The basic idea of such a procedure is present in Schroder (42.32). It was developed by E.L. Post (42.33) and was known to J. Lukasiewicz at the same time (42.34). It is set out in full in the manuals of Hilbert 333 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC and Ackermann (42.35), 1928, and T. Kotarbinski, 1929. We quote Kotarbinski's text, because of its clarity. The author writes 'p" for 'not p', and uses '+', '<', ' = ', as signs of addition, implication and equivalence respectively. 42.36 We shall now give a very simple method of verifica- tion for the propositional calculus, which enables one to verify the correctness of every formula in this domain [viz. the zero-one method of verification]. We stipulate for this purpose that it is permitted to write, say, zero for a false proposition, and one for a true. With the help of this sym- bolism we now investigate whether a given formula becomes a true proposition for all substitutions of propositions for propositional variables - always under the condition that the same (proposition) is substituted for the same (variable), or whether on the other hand it becomes a false proposition for some substitutions. In the first case it is a valid formula, in the second an invalid one. . . . We recollect in this connection: (1) that the negation of a true proposition is always a false proposition, and conver- sely; (2) that the logical product is true only when both factors are true; (3) that the logical sum is always true when at least one of its parts is true, and false only in the case that both its parts are false; (4) that implication is false only when its antecedent is true and its consequent false; (5) that equivalence is true only when both sides are true or both false; but when one side is true, the other false, then the whole equivalence is false. If, for example, we put zero for p and one for q in a formula, then this formula can be further simplified by writing a zero in place of the product of p and q wherever this occurs throughout the formula- and analogously in the case of the other functions. . . . If, after the application of all possible substitutions of zero and one for propositional variables in a given formula, and after carrying out the . . . simplifications described, the formula always reduces to a one, then it is true. But if it is zero for even a single choice of substitutions, it is invalid. To have an example, we verify the formula of transpo- sition . . . (p < q) = W < p') 1. We suppose that true propositions have been substituted both for p and for q. Our formula then takes on the form (i < i) = (r < i'). 334 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC Simplifying it by Rule (1), we get: (1<1) = (0<0) . . . further ... we get 1 = 1 which ... we can replace by 1. The process is then repeated with the other three possible substitutions. §43. PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC AS A SYSTEM In the last two paragraphs we have spoken of the basic concepts and one of the main methods of modern propositional logic. Now we come on to show the second, axiomatic, method at work, in some sample sections reproduced from different propositional systems. These sections will be taken from the systems of McColl (1877), Frege (1879 and 1893), Whitehead and Russell (1910) - here we insert a text from Peirce, connected with the Sheffer stroke - and finally Lukasiewicz (1920). In this last system, two-valued propositional logic seems to have reached the term of its development. A. McCOLL The ensuing texts, which are a continuation of the definitions in 41.05 ff., contain rules for an algebraic system of propositional logic, constructed in the spirit of Boole. It may be compared with the non-algebraic system of Lukasiewicz (43.45). It may be remarked that while this algebraic style has been for the most part superseded, there have also been quite recent algebraic systems (Tarski). 43.01 Rule 1. - The rule of ordinary algebraical multi- plication applies to the multiplication of indeterminate statements, thus : A{B + C) =AB + AC; (A + B) (C + D) = AC + AD + BC + BD; and so on for any number of factors, and whatever be the number of terms in the respective factors. 43.02 Rule 2. - Let A be any statement whatever, and let B be any statement which is implied in A [and which must therefore be true when A is true, and false when A is false]; or else let B be any statement which is admitted to be true independently of A; then [in either case] we have the equation A = AB. As particular cases of this we have A = AA = 335 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC AAA = etc., as repetition neither strengthens nor weakens the logical value of a statement. Also, A =A{B+B')=A{B+B'){C+C')=etc., for B+B' = l=C+C'=etc. [see Def. 4] (41.08). 43.03 Rule 3. - {ABy=AB,+AfB+A,B' =AB'+A,(B+B')=AB,+A' =A' B+B'(A+A')=A' B+B' , for A+A' — l and B + B' = 1. Similarly we may obtain various equivalents (with mutually inconsistent terms) for (ABC)', (ABCD)', etc. 43.04 Rule 4. - [A+R)' = A' B' ; {A+B+C)' = A'B'C ; and so on. 43.05 Rule 5. -A+B ={(A+B)'}' = {A'B')' =AB,+(A,+A)B=AB'+B =A'B+A(B'+B = A'B+A. Similarly we get equivalents (with mutually inconsistent terms) for A+B+C,A+B+C+D, etc. 43.06 Rule 11. - If A:B, then B':A'. Thus the implica- tions A:B and B':A' are equivalent, each following as a necessary consequence of the other. This is the logical prin- ciple of 'contraposition'. 43.07 Rule 12. - If A:B, then AC:BC, whatever the state- ment C may be. 43.08 Rule 13. - If A:*, B:$, C:y, then ABC: a^y, and so on for any number of implications. 43.09 Rule 14. - If AB=0, then A:B' and B:A' . 43.10 Definition 13. - The symbol A+B asserts that A does not imply B; it is thus equivalent to the less convenient symbol (A: By. 43.11 Rule 15. - If A implies B and B implies C, then A implies C. 43A2 Bute 16. - If A does not imply B7 then B' does not imply A'; in other words, the non-implications A+B and B'+Af are equivalent. 43.13 Rule 17. - If A implies R but does not imply C, then B does not imply C in other words, from the two premises A:B and A+C, we get the conclusion B+C. 43.14 The following formulae are all either self-evident or easily verified, and some of them will be found useful in abbreviating the operations of the calculus : - (1) i< = 0,0' = l; (2) l = l+a = l+a + b = l+a + b + c, etc. ; 336 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC (3) {ab + a'b')' = a'b + ab' (a'b + ab')' = ab + a'b' (4 (5 (6 (V (8 (10 (11 (12 (13 (14 a : a + b : a + b + c, etc. ; (a + A) (a+ D) (a + C) ... = a + A£C ...; (a : b) : a' + b; (a = b) = (a ib) {b : a); (a — b) : ab + a'b' ; (A :a) (5:6) (C : c) ... : (ABC ... : afo ...); (A : a) ( £ : b) ( C: c) ... : [A + £ + C ...:a + b + c + ...); (A :aj) [B:x) {C : x) ... = (A + B + C + ... :x); (x:A) {x: B) (as C) ... = (x:i5C ...); (A :aj) + (B:«) + (C : x) + ... : {ABC ... :a?); (x : A) + [x : B) + (x : C) + ... : (x : A + B + C + ...). B. FREGE'S RULES OF INFERENCE One of Frege's most important intuitions concerned the distinc- tion between theorems and rules of inference. This is already to be found in the Begriffsschrift (43.15), where he uses only a single rule; in the Grundgesetze he adopts several for reasons of practical convenience, of which we give four: 43.16 // the lower member of a proposition differs from a second proposition only in lacking the judgment-stroke, one can conclude to another proposition which results from the first by suppression of that lower member. 'Lower member', i.e. antecedent. The sense is therefore: Given ' | — if B, then A' and further ' | — B\ then we may suppress B in the conditional proposition to obtain ' | — A\ This is the modus ponendo ponens (22.04). 43.17 A lower member may be exchanged with its upper member, if at the same time the truth-value of each is changed. Thus, given 'if B, then A\ one may write 'if not A, then not B' ; this is the rule of simple contraposition (31.17, cf. 43.22 [28]). 43.18 // the same combination of symbols occurs as upper member in one proposition and lower member in another, one can conclude to a proposition in which the upper member of the second appears as upper member, and all lower members of the two, save the one mentioned, as lower members. Bui lower members which occur in both, need only be written once. 337 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC Given 'if C, then B' and 'if B, then A\ one may write 'if C, then A\ This is the rule corresponding to the law of syllogism (cf. 31.18). 43.19 // two propositions correspond in their upper members, while a lower member of one differs from a lower member of the other only in respect of a preceding negation-stroke, then we can conclude to a proposition in which the corresponding upper- member appears as upper member, and all lower members of the two, with the exception of the two mentioned, as lower members. Lower members which occur in both are only to be written down once. Frege's concrete example (43.20) is this: Given 'if e, then if not d, then: if b, then a' and 'if e, then if d, then: if b, then a', one may write: 'if e, then: if b, then a'. Lukasiewicz, deriving from Frege, formulates the difference between thesis and rule, and states the most important rule, as follows : 43.21 A logical thesis is a proposition in which besides logical constants there occur only propositional or name- variables and which is true for all values of the variables that occur in it. A rule of inference is a direction which empowers the maker of inference to derive new theses on the basis of already admitted theses. Thus e.g. the laws of identity given above are logical theses, while the following 'rule of detach- ment' is a rule of inference : Whose admits as true the implication 'if a, then p' and the antecedent 'a' of this implication, has the right to admit as true also the consequent '[}' of this implication. Thus for Lukasiewicz, 'logical thesis' covers both axioms and derived propositions. C. PROPOSITIONAL LAWS FROM THE B EGR I FFSSCH R IFT Space prevents us from giving Frege's propositional schemata (corresponding to Lukasiewicz's theses) in the original symbolism; Instead, we translate some of them into Peano-Russellian. 43.22 01. ud .bD a 02. cD.bDaiDicDb.D.cDa 03. bDa.Di.cD.bDaiDicDb.D.cDa 04. b d a . d : c d . b d a : . d : . b d a : d : c d b . d . c d a 05. bDaiDicDb.D.cDa 338 (x: '"(i-;::r"Mii-:) T'"ii:::r"'(v:i) a re a ~r a ^w a - c~/> An example of Frege's Symbolism taken from "Begriffsschrift", p. 56. PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC 06. c d . b d a : . d : . c : d : d d b . d . d d a 07. b d a : . d : . d d . c d b : d : d . d . c d a 08. d d . b d a : d : b . d . d d a 09. c d b : d : b d a . d . c d a 10. e d . d d b : d a : . d . d d . e d b : d a 11. CDb.D.aiD.bDCl 12. d 3 : c . d . 6 d a : . d : . d : d : b . 13. d d : c . d . b d a : . d : . b : d : d . 14. n:.rf:D:c.D.ba::D::e d . d . c d a 15. m.diDic.DiDo:::::!*:.:: d . c d a d . c d a d . c d a : . D : . 6 : d ::>:</ 16. e d : . d d : c d .b d a: : d : : e d : . d d : b d 17. dD:c.D.bDa:.D:.cD:b.D.dDa 18. cD.bDaiDi.dDciDibD.dDa 19. dD.CDblDl.bDdlDldD.CDa 20. e d : d d . c d b : : d : : b d a: . d : .e d : d . : 21. dDb.DdlDl.dDC.DlCDb.DO. 22. f d : : eD : . d d : c d .b d a:: . d :: . f :> : : < d : b d . c d a 23. d d : c d . b d a : . d : : e d d . d : . c d : b . z 24. CDd.DlCD.bDCl 25. dD.CDdlDl.dDlCD.bDa 26. b d . a d a 27. a d a 28. bDa.D.~aD~b 29. cD.bDa:D:cD.~aD~b 30. bD.cDa\D.CD.~aD~b 31. ~ ~ a d a 32. ~bDa,D.~aD~~b:Di~bDa.: Db 33. ~bDa.D.~aDb 34. cD.~bDa:D:cD.~aDb 35. cD.~bDa:D:~aD.cDb 36. a d . <— ' a d b 37. ~CDb.Da:D.cDa 38. ~ a . d . a d b 39. ~aDa.D.~aDb 40. ~bD:~aDa.Da 41. a d ~ ~ a 42. ~ ~ (a d a) 43. ~ a d a . d . a c d a c d a e d : . d e d a 339 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC 44. ~aDc.D:cDa.Da 45. ~cDa.D.~aDc\D'. .~cDa:D:cDa.Da 46. ~cDa.D:cDa.D.a 47. ~cDb.D:.bDa.D:cDa.Da 48. d d . ~ c d b : d : . b d a . d : c d a . d . d d a 49. ~cDb.D\.cDa.D:bDa.Da 50. CDa.D:.ha.D:~CDfi.Dfl 51. d d . c d a: d ::b d a . d : . d d : ~ c d b . d a 52. C ^d.D.f{c)Df{d) 53. / (c) d : c = d . d f (d) 54. c = c 55. c = d . d . d = c 56. d=c.D.f(d)Df{c) 57. c =d.D .f{d)Df{c) D. WHITEHEAD AND RUSSELL Passing over Peano, we come now to the Principia Malhematica of Whitehead and Russell (Vol. 1, 1910). 1. Primitive symbols and definition Besides variables, Frege's sign of assertion V and Peano's dots and brackets, the Principia uses only two undefined primitive symbols: '~' and 'v'. 'p' is read as 'not p', 'p v q' as 'p or q' the alternation being non-exclusive (43.23). Implication is defined : 43.24 *1.01. p d q . = . ~ p v q Di. 2. Axioms (Primitive Propositions) 43.25 *1.1. Anything implied by a true elementary propo- sition is true. Pp. (Footnote : The letters "Pp" stand for "primi- tive proposition", as with Peano.) The above principle ... is not the same as "if p is true, then if p implies q, q is true". This is a true proposition, but it holds equally when p is not true and when p does not imply q. It does not, like the principle we are concerned with, enable us to assert q simply, without any hypothesis. We cannot express the principle symbolically, partly because any symbolism in which p is variable only gives the hypothesis that p is true, not the fact that it is true. 43.26 *1.2. h :pv p. Dp Pp. This proposition states : "If either p is true or p is true, then 340 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC p is true". It is called the "principle of tautology", and will be quoted by the abbreviated title of "Taut". It is convenient for purposes of reference, to give names to a few of the more important propositions; in general, propositions will be refer- red to by their numbers. 43.27 *1.3. h :q. d . p v q Pp. This principle states: "If q is true, then 'p or 7' is true". Thus e.g. if q is "to-day is Wednesday" and p is "to-day is Tuesday", the principle states: "If to-day is Wednesday, then to-day is either Tuesday or Wednesday". It is called the "principle of addition". . . . 43.28 *1.4. [- : p v q . d . q v p Pp. This principle states that "p or q" implies llq or p". It states the permutative law for logical addition of propositions, and will be called the "principle of permutation". . . . 43.29 *1.5. npv(gvr).3.?v(pvr)Pp. This principle states: "If either p is true, or 'q or r' is true, then either q is true, or 'p or r' is true". It is a form of the associative law for logical addition, and will be called the 'associative principle'. . . . 43.30 *1.6. \- :: . q d r . d : p v q . d . p v r Pp. This principle states: "If q implies r, then 'p or q' implies *p or p' ". In other words, in an implication, an alternative may be added to both premiss and conclusion without impairing the truth of the implication. The principle will be called the "principle of summation", and will be referred to as "Sum". 3. Statement of proofs Two examples will explain the method of proof used in the Principia: 43.31 *2.02. 1- :q.D . p Dq Dem. < — ' p Add \- : q . d . ~ pv q (1) P (1) .(*1.01) h :q. D.p Dq This is to be read: take 'Add', i.e. 43.27: q. D.p v q and in it substitute '~ p' for 'p'; we obtain 341 MATHEMATICAL VARIETY OF LOGIC As according to 43.24 '~ p v q' and 'p d q' have the same meaning, the latter can replace the former in ( 1 ) , which gives the proposition to be proved; it corresponds to the Scholastic verum sequitur ad quod- libel That proof is a very simple one; a slightly more complicated example is: 43.32 *2.3. h :p v (q v r) . d . p v (r v q) Dem. Perm Sum q v r, r v q h : q v r • d . r v q: d t- : p v (q v r) . d .p v (r v q) 4. Laws in the 43.33 The most important propositions proved present number are the following : . . . *2.03. \-:pD~q.D.qD~p *2.15. \-:~pDq.D.~qDp *2.16. \-:pDq.D.~qD~p *2.17. h:~p^p.:.p:^ These four analogous propositions consitute the "prin- ciple of transposition" . . . *2.04. h :. p . d . q d r : d : q . d . p d r *2.05. h i.qDr.DipDq.D.pDr *2.06. h i.pDq.DiqDr.D.pDr These two propositions are the source of the syllogism in Barbara (as will be shown later) and are therefore called "the principle of the syllogism" . . . *2.08. \- . pD p I.e. any proposition implies itself. This is called the "prin- ciple of identity" . . . *2.21. \- : ~ p . d . p d q I.e. a false proposition implies any proposition. Next the Principia gives a series of laws concerning the logical product (43.34). At their head stand the two definitions: 43.35 *3.01. p . q . = . — [~ p v — q) Df where "p . q" is the logical product of p and q. *3.02. pDqDr. = .pDq.qDrDf. This definition serves merely to abbreviate proofs. 43.36 The principal propositions of the present number are the following: 342 PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC *3.2. h :. p , d : q . d . p . q I. e. "p implies that q implies p . ry", i.e. if each of two pro- positions is true, so is their logical product. *3.26. \- : p .q . d . p *3.27. h : p . q . p . q I.e. if the logical product of two propositions is true, then each of the two propositions severally is true. *3.3. h :. p . q . d . r : d : p . d . q d r I.e. if p and q jointly imply r, then p implies that q implies r. This principle (following Peano) will be called "exportation", because q is "exported" from the hypothesis . . . *3.31. h :. p . d . q d r : d : p . q . d . r . . . *3.35. I- : p .